Accession Number:

ADA237971

Title:

Management Tools for the 21st Century Environmental Office: The Role of Office Automation and Information Technology

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Report Date:

1991-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

74.0

Abstract:

Army environmental planning and compliance activities continue to grow in magnitude and complexity, straining the resources of installation environmental offices. New efficiencies must be found to meet the increasing demands of planning and compliance imperatives. This study examined how office automationinformation technology OAIT may boost productivity in U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC installation environmental offices between now and the year 2000. A survey of four TRADOC installation environmental offices revealed that the workload often exceeds the capacity of staff. Computer literacy among personnel varies widely, limiting the benefits available from OAIT now in use. Since environmental personnel are primarily gatherers and processors of information, better implementation of OAIT could substantially improve work quality and productivity. Advanced technologies expected to reach the consumer market during the 1990s will dramatically increase the potential productivity of environmental office personnel. Multitasking operating environments will allow simultaneous automation of communications, document processing, and engineering software. Increased processor power and parallel processing techniques will spur simplification of the user interface and greater software capabilities in general. The authors conclude that full implementation of this reports OAIT recommendations could double TRADOC environmental office productivity by the year 2000.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE