Title page for ETD etd-08012012-040131

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Collier, Ronald Lee
URN etd-08012012-040131
Title MSPEC/TSO:architectural specification management utilizing the IBM time sharing option.
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Environmental Systems
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sabaroff, Bernard J. Committee Chair
Bergeson, Donald E. Committee Member
Chiang, Robert N. S. Committee Member
Kaneg, Andy N. C. Committee Member
  • automation
Date of Defense 1974-05-15
Availability restricted
In view of the shift of emphasis of the architectural practicioner's

responsibility from environmental design for which he was trained

to that of business management, especially in areas of contract

document production, the possibility of relieving the practicioner

from one time consuming activity, that of specification production,

was investigated. Specifically, the possibility of automation of the

task was a major consideration.

A procedure for the incorporation of the computer was developed. This procedure, entitled MSPEC/TSO, includes several recent

developments in construction communication; namely, the CSI

Format and the Uniform Construction Index. MSPEC/TSO

consists of several original computer programs used in combination

with the IBM System/360 Time Sharing Option for use with

remote computer terminals. The procedure for operation was

designed to be conversational with the operator, so as to be capable of operation by a clerical staff member.

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