|ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT|
In EPD's most recent programming addition, Program Director Richard Vacca and Faculty Associate Thomas W. Smith, together with a contributing staff drawn from industry, are working with organizations to halt the effects of information overload. "Document technology" encompasses processes used to create, manage, publish and distribute information in document form. Following a strategy that encourages the use of open systems and emerging standards, Vacca and Smith lead courses in document management, the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), on-demand printing and Internet technology. With U.S. businesses handling 324 billion documents each year, and the number of documents worldwide doubling every nine months, there is no shortage of need for these information technology courses.
Associate Faculty Associate Robert T. Fey is revising his course on the Global Positioning Satellite system to include advanced information. Fey has been training engineers from county survey teams, consulting firms, transportation departments, utilities and others on GPS system basics. The system includes 24 orbiting satellites in six orbital planes. The satellites send out a continuous signal. With a receiver, engineers can find the exact coordinates of a given location. GPS has potential for use in a myriad of applications ranging from traffic control to crop management. Fey is adjusting his course to meet the demands of engineers as their use of GPS becomes more sophisticated.
Without ever leaving their desks, engineers across the Midwest took a class on how to model the flow and transport of contaminants in groundwater. Using the computer-based audiographics communications system, Professor John T. Quigley hosted two courses on hydrogeology in the past year. Using desktop PCs and speaker phones, computer-based audiographics duplicates all of the interactions of the classroom with students and lecturers spread across the country. University of Ohio Professor Mary Stoertz taught the first half of the class from her office in Ohio. Paul Fahrenthald taught the second half from his office in Walnut Creek, California. None of the students had ever taken an audiographics course before. Afterward, they indicated they'd like to take such a course again.
Society's use of hospitals, schools, jails, prisons and other institutions is continuously evolving. New policies, techniques and innovations put new demands on institutional space. With prison overcrowding, jails are housing prisoners for longer terms. Changes in healthcare, such as increased outpatient services, result in new demands on hospital space. Professor Raymond C. Matulionis offers progressive courses in planning institutions to meet both current needs and the needs of the future. In addition, Matulionis holds seminars on subjects such as safety and preventative maintenance of buildings and grounds, masonry design and construction, and construction cost control in building design.
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1995 Annual Report Contents