Accession Number:

ADA265357

Title:

Hypermedia Applications for Army Installation Master Planning

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Report Date:

1993-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

Army installation master planning involves a wide range of technical, economic, environmental, and social issues. Planning decisions are often formulated by groups whose members have varying degrees and areas of expertise, and their information is drawn from a wide variety of media. Due to the complexity of existing computer-based analytical tools, problems with information availability, and the dynamics of group decisionmaking, desirable planning alternatives may be overlooked. If key elements of a planning project do not receive adequate consideration, an installations ability to support its mission may ultimately be impaired. Hypermedia technology for the microcomputer offers the potential for creating a planning-support system that can enhance group communication, information availability, and the user-friendliness of analytical tools. Such a system could promote a more collaborative, comprehensive, and effective approach to installation planning than is currently feasible. This could lead to the development of better communication, more alternatives, and better planning decisions. This report examines the applicability of hypermedia technology to planning. A prototype hypermedia system for municipal planning is discussed, and parallels between municipal and installation planning are outlined. Concepts, technologies, and system development issues are discussed, and recommendations for developing a system for the Army are offered

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE