Documentation of Computerized Laboratory Systems: System Definition at the Management Level

    Published: Jan 1975

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    A set of guidelines for documenting computerized laboratory systems at the management level is presented. The guidelines detail the various documentation that may be required by companies which utilize financial factors to determine project feasibility. The guidelines are divided into five arbitrarily defined phases which are: (1) project initiation, (2) project development, (3) feasibility study, (4) preparation of the computer proposal, and (5) project approval. The project initiation phase includes establishing the need for computerization, determining laboratory structure and functions, conducting the laboratory evaluation, developing a proposed scope, and establishing the financial budget. The project development phase includes how to prepare a computerization objective and the assignment of personnel to the project. Included in the feasibility study are preparation of specifications, vendor contact, environmental considerations, determination of project costs, and initiating changes to the budget. Details are also presented for the preparation of the computer proposal and final approval factors.


    computers, documentation, laboratories, instruments, evaluation, management, information systems

    Author Information:

    Kunz, FW
    Central Laboratory Services, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Mich.

    Eichen, E
    Central Laboratory Services, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Mich.

    Schisa, W
    General Services, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Mich.

    Committee/Subcommittee: E31.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP33342S

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