Development of a Rule Based Expert System for Characterization of Hazardous Waste Sites

by Thomas F. Zimmie, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, Troy, NY, USA,
Kincho H. Law, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, Troy, NY, USA,
David R. Chapman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, Troy, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering

Abstract: The area of hazardous waste management is a broad and multidisciplinary field requiring expertise in engineering, geology, chemistry and toxicology, and is an ideal area for the application of expert systems. This study attempts to build a knowledge based expert system to facilitate the investigation of inactive hazardous waste sites. The approach is to develop a rule based unified model which combines experts' knowledge and a ranking system previously developed for hazardous waste sites to evaluate potential hazards from waste facilities.

Subject Headings: Occupational safety | Waste sites | Hazardous wastes | Site investigation | Expert systems | Environmental issues | Geohazards

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