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The development of work station requirements at the authors' firm is discussed. The engineering workstation that they developed in close cooperation with the vendor is a desktop machine with the capabilities of a minicomputer. It is not a dedicated word processor, nor purely an office automation machine, nor a CAD system. However, it is capable of doing word processing, can participate in office automation, and can do significant levels of CAD work. In addition, one of its main functions is engineering analysis. It can emulate terminals and is capable of effectively accessing their different types of central computers.