Corps of Engineers Technology Adoption Processes (CETAP) Study. Volume 1. Executive Summary
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL ENGINEERING AND MATERIALS DIV
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Many of the processes used to identify, assess, and incorporate new technologies into U.S. Army Corps of Engineers USACE practice are ad hoc, or task-specific and not standardized. Therefore, it is difficult to accurately assess USACE performance in this regard. This report summarizes a study by the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories USACERL of USACE procedures for the identification, assessment, and adoption of new technologies. The two basic adoption mechanism types are described general case mechanisms and project-specific mechanisms. A questionnaire was developed to assess these mechanisms, to identify problem areas, and to establish a benchmark for USACE performance in adopting new technologies. Comparisons of performance were made with outside government and private industry organizations that also completed the questionnaire. Suggestions are presented for improving USACE procedures for incorporating beneficial new technologies into construction operations. The aggressive identification, development, exploitation, and adoption of new technologies will help USACE maintain its excellence in providing the customers and the nation with the best value for their investment. Army corps of engineers, Alternative technology, New technology.
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