Accession Number:

ADA256857

Title:

Recommendations for Enhancement of the Design Criteria Information System (DCIS)

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Report Date:

1992-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

Architectural and Engineering Instructions AEIs comprise a large, complex body of mandatory design criteria and guidance for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility designers, engineers, and contractors. The unabridged set of AEls is often out of date because AEIs are revised much more frequently than updates are published. Furthermore, to hold down printing and distribution costs, the unabridged body of AEIs receives very narrow distribution. Consequently, hard copies of the latest AEIs have been difficult to obtain on a timely basis. The Design Criteria Information System DCIS was developed to make current AEIs accessible worldwide to any authorized user with a microcomputer and a modem. DCIS, which resides on the Corps Programming, Administration, and Execution PAX mainframe system, has solved the fundamental problem of distributing current AEIs online. However, DCIS cannot distribute drawings or graphics online, its text-retrieval functions are limited, and the mainframes supporting technology makes the system cumbersome to use. This report surveys technologies that could be exploited to enhance DCIS, outlines three general alternatives for enhancement, assessing advantages and disadvantages of each. Development of a minicomputer-based system employing CD- ROM compact disc-read only memory technology, and accessible via microcomputer and telecommunications, is recommended. Design Criteria Information System DCIS, Architectural and Engineering Instructions AEI, PAX system.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE