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IT in Structural Engineering (Results of the Members' Survey on IT and Computers)

It has been apparent from the earliest days of its development that the computer would have a dramatic impact on the work of engineers. The development of the digital computer offered the potential for the manipulation of vast amounts of data and the rapid solution of mathematical equations. As early as the 1960s, commentators were suggesting that the computer would have a great technical and economic impact. Originally, the technology tended to be reserved for sophisticated analyses. Large, expensive machines needing professional support and operating in batch mode ran programs which were used only when the complexity of the job justified the trouble and expense. P.J. Gardner

Author(s): Gardner, P J

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