Accession Number : ADA318275

Title :   Evaluation of Pen-Based Systems for Use at Construction Offices.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

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

Personal Author(s) : Rasmussen, Glenn A. ; East, E. W.

PDF Url : ADA318275

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 57

Abstract : The construction industry uses many small computer systems with pen-based user interfaces for a variety of inspection, inventory control, scheduling, and forms processing tasks. Improvement in size, capacity, cost, and reliability of handheld computer equipment has made these tools practical for construction office use. These tools are considered to be very promising platforms for the transfer of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers technology through a cooperative project between USACERL and Indiana State University called the Construction Technology Transfer Center. For this phase of research, a survey of private industry was conducted using a Sources Sought Notice published in the Commerce Business Daily. Following the survey, an evaluation matrix was developed and the respondents were evaluated. This report presents the results of the evaluation of commercial pen-based computing equipment for use at construction offices.

Descriptors :   *CONSTRUCTION, *ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, *INPUT OUTPUT DEVICES, *MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, *MINICOMPUTERS, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, RELIABILITY, SURVEYS, INVENTORY CONTROL, HAND HELD, INFORMATION PROCESSING, OFFICE EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES.

Subject Categories : Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE