By Dennis Randolph
"Civil Engineering for the group" is meant as a resource for the amateur and more matured civil engineer. This booklet presents a feeling of ways an engineer delivers provider to the general public, whereas spotting that clash can usually ensue whilst operating for an area executive association. therefore, non-technical features of engineering, corresponding to verbal exchange abilities, the administration of individuals and machines, and the necessity to switch are under pressure. through providing various principles with examples to demonstrate them, this e-book presents the civil engineer with how you can higher serve the general public. for that reason, this publication can be utilized as a profession advisor for engineers on the neighborhood govt point.
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CHAPTER 4 / CONSTITUENCIES, COMMUNICATION, AND CIVIL ENGINEERS THE THOUGHT Go to work for a local government and the first impression you have is, there are many people in the game. Advice, suggestions, opinions, guesses, and sometimes even threats come from every direction. The diverse and sometimes covert nature of this information makes it harder to understand than any technical data set you will ever come across. Furthermore, the way you respond to this information has the potential to cause more problems than anything you may ever construct.
This makes the potential for trouble great. There is an increased MANAGING PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH USING COMPUTER PROGRAMS 33 potential for problems when the organizations have different philosophies about computer use. The universal availability of equipment and computer programs means it is likely that different organizations will use the same resources to examine the same problem. It is common for more than one group to study a problem. This happens when several agencies analyze the same situation, groups with special interests are promoting an idea, or there is disagreement over features of an idea.
Misuse is often a function of the experience of the project team, the amount of computer use experience, and technical skill. Another problem is misunderstanding the results. Nearly every educational curriculum includes a computer course. So the work force is becoming more computer literate. Yet, while computer literacy is increasing, there is no corresponding increase of engineering know-how. Anyone with a computer can use modern computer programs. While this is an advantage for the using staff, it means that the computer program operator also may analyze the results.
Civil engineering for the community by Dennis Randolph