Contextual Engineering
Research Group

Contextual Predictive Tool

Intended for use during the preparation and research before an engineering project, this core resource helps to identify non-engineering conditions that should be considered in designing and implementing sustainable infrastructure.

The Predictive Tool is a list of survey questions about various non-engineering conditions of a recipient community. It serves a dual-purpose: its results provide greater insight as to which non-technical influences impact the community the most, and the process of filling out the survey allows practitioners to examine and understand the client community more deeply.

Core Influences

  • Cultural - the influence of values and identities unique to a community

  • Political - the influence of power dynamics within a society

  • Educational - the desire to learn new concepts and acquire new knowledge

  • Mechanical - the capacity to keep technology running

  • Economic - the influence of monetary or material need

Specifically, the survey is 41 questions rated on a 5-point Likert scale to evaluate the relative influences of critical non-engineering conditions for the client community. These questions are for the practitioners to answer. Looking more deeply at a community will help engineers understand the values, beliefs, and identities that determine whether a society will accept, adopt and evolve the infrastructure they design.

How to Access the Predictive Tool

1. Create an account on our old site at

2. Please wait up to a few days for us to approve your account. You should get an email notifcation once this happens.

3. Log in to our old site at

4. Click "Download the Predictive Text Tool" near the bottom of this page:

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