Accession Number : ADA198489

Title :   DEH (Directorates of Engineering and Housing) Automated Graphics Guide: Selection, Acquisition, Implementation, and Management.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Personal Author(s) : McDermott, Gene ; McCulley, Michael ; Czyszczewski, Mary ; Fallon, Kristine ; Youngs, Douglas

Report Date : JUN 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 373

Abstract : Automated graphics technology involves the use of a computer to do drawing, mapping, charting, and illustrating tasks that previously were prepared manually using pencil and paper. Properly implemented, automated graphics systems can potentially be a huge asset to Army installation Directorates of Engineering and Housing (DEHs) in daily planning, construction, operation, and maintenance activities. An automated graphics system (AGS) offers rapid, accurate creation and manipulation of information, both graphic and textual, and facilitates quick reviews and updates of data. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has demonstrated savings of 50 percent and higher as a result of applying AGS to tasks that readily benefit from automation. However, if not managed properly, automation can lose its advantage over manual processes and an organization may find that it has made a large investment for no increase in productivity or efficiency. A successful AGS is the result of careful research, planning, monitoring, and management at the DEH to provide a system best suited for the assigned tasks. Therefore, DEHs need guidance to ensure the selection of appropriate, cost-effective systems comply with Army regulations. The U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (USA-CERL) has conducted an investigation to develop such guidance. Based on a survey of existing DEH automated systems, USA-CERL found that each installation has unique requirements and qualifications. (KR)

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER GRAPHICS, *COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN, *SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, ACQUISITION, ARMY, ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, ARMY FACILITIES, AUTOMATION, COST EFFECTIVENESS, INVESTMENTS, MAINTENANCE, MANUAL OPERATION, PLANNING, PRODUCTIVITY, REGULATIONS.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE