The Internet and the Plant Engineer

When did the words internet and web first enter your workplace vocabulary? Not too many years ago, these terms were the exception, if they were heard at all. Today, they are an integral part of almost every life.
By Jeanine Katzel January 1, 2000

When did the words internet and web first enter your workplace vocabulary? Not too many years ago, these terms were the exception, if they were heard at all. Today, they are an integral part of almost every life. E-mail, e-commerce, web-based software, among other technological advances pervade — or invade — the activities of each day. Almost every organization, company, and brand is now described with “.com” after it. Without a doubt, the internet is changing everything.

Plant engineers are increasingly turning to the internet as a key source of information about products, services, and industry trends. And vendors are responding by broadening their efforts to reach plant engineers and creating interactive sites to attract electronic readership. Are you among the engineering professionals who are using the internet? Is the web a help? Or is it a hindrance? What attracts you to a web site? What sites provide you with the information you need?

Plant Engineering magazine wants to know. We are interested in learning more about how the internet is affecting its readers. We want to find out how you use the web. We’d like to hear how often you “surf the ‘net,” what you look for, and how your daily tasks have been simplified — or complicated — by the internet. Our goal is both to determine patterns of use and to compile a collection of resources that will be of use to the plant engineering function overall.

Please take a few minutes to visit our special web site: www.plantengineering.com/survey sometime during this month and complete the “Internet and the plant engineer” questionnaire you’ll find there. Your responses will be tabulated and interpreted, your comments reviewed, and the results published in an upcoming issue of Plant Engineering .

We encourage you to take time to share your opinions, and we thank you for participating in this exclusive report.