Computer applications in construction / Boyd C. Paulson, Jr.

Paulson, Boyd C., Jr. [Browse]
New York : McGraw-Hill, [1995], ©1995.
xxx, 610 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


McGraw-Hill series in construction engineering and project management. [More in this series]
Summary note
  • For people interested in using computers in construction, this book is the perfect starting point - providing an unsurpassed introduction to computer hardware, software, and communications technology. Giving the reader a basic idea of what the pieces do and how they work together, the book's 16 in-depth chapters offer coverage of topics so important for construction engineers and managers.
  • Through the material, readers are given the ability to analyze systematically a potential area of need - such as a function in a department - to determine whether a computer application might help to assess the costs and benefits of alternative proposals and to proceed from that analysis to a clear specification for what the proposed solution should accomplish. There is also coverage of how computer professionals evaluate hardware and design the software and systems that will implement a given application.
  • Furthermore, readers will learn how to manage the people, resources, time, and money required in the development process for creating a given application program or for adapting a package application to the needs specified in the design.
  • Other topics found in the book include: common tools used to develop application software for today's business computers; systems and applications available in the marketplace to perform specific functions, such as estimating, scheduling, cost control, and simulation; emergent technologies and how an individual, group, or company might plan ahead and take advantage of the trends.
  • In addition, the book provides twenty-two construction engineering and management application examples - most developed using modern computer software - and provides additional problems, guidelines, and data for the reader to use in implementing his or her own applications on a personal computer.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 1. The Impact of Computers
  • 2. Overview of Construction Applications
  • 3. Computer Hardware
  • 4. Computer Software and File Systems
  • 5. Feasibility Study and Analysis
  • 6. Design and Development
  • 7. Procurement, Training, Implementation, and System Management
  • 8. Procedural Languages
  • 9. Developing Applications with Spreadsheets
  • 10. Developing Applications with File and Database Software
  • 11. Developing Applications with AI-Based Expert System Software
  • 12. Estimating
  • 13. Project Planning and Scheduling
  • 14. Accounting and Cost Engineering
  • 15. Operations Simulation
  • 16. Building for Tomorrow on Today's Technology and Applications.
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