Performing surveys at large buildings or a complex of buildings can be a daunting task. A large amount of data can accumulate quickly. Without an effective way to collect, store, sort, and analyze the data, the task can quickly grow unmanageable. Taking notes on paper and transcribing them in the office, onto a drawing or into a database, is not a problem for a small survey. However, in larger surveys, these tasks quickly become very time consuming and difficult to maintain. This paper examines electronic methods of recording data using handheld computers running a flat file database combined with a hierarchical database from a personal computer application to increase the efficiency of the data collection, recording, and analysis.
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