Structural monitoring using engineer–computer interaction

RUTH  STALKER  a1 c1 and IAN F.C.  SMITH  a2
a1 Computing Department, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YR, United Kingdom
a2 Institute of Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland


Engineer–computer interaction (ECI) is a new subdomain of human–computer interaction that is specifically tailored to engineers' needs. ECI uses an information classification schema, provides a modular approach to task decomposition, and integrates standard engineering characteristics and working procedures into software. A software tool kit that interprets monitoring data taken from bridges was developed according to ECI guidelines. This tool kit was given to engineers for testing and evaluation. An empirical evaluation using questionnaires was performed. The results show that this ECI software corresponds to engineers' needs and the ECI approach has potential applications to other engineering tasks.

(Received September 10 2001)
(Accepted April 12 2002)

Key Words: Structural Monitoring; Engineer–Computer Interaction; Modular Approach; Task Decomposition.

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