Accession Number : AD0786551

Title :   Computer-Based Specifications: Cost Analysis Study.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB CHAMPAIGN ILL

Personal Author(s) : Poskus,Uldis R.

Report Date : AUG 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : The computer-based specifications cost analysis study measured the absolute and relative efficiency of three methods of specification preparation: conventional typewriter based, magnetic tape selectric typewriter (MTST) based, and computer based. The computer-based method employed a keyboard/printer terminal linked to a time-sharing computer, using a text-editing computer program. The test procedure involved a controlled, repetitive preparation of representative samples of six Corps of Engineers guide specifications. The results indicate: (1) the computer-based method costs are 55 percent of MTST method costs and 39 percent of conventional typewriter method costs; (2) MTST costs are 72 percent of typewriter costs. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Cost analysis, *Data processing, *Construction, *Specifications, Magnetic tape, Typewriters, Personnel, Reviews, Computer applications, Optimization, Time studies, Benefits, Savings

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE