Expert System Integrity Maintenance for the Retrieval of Data From Engineering Databases

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by William J. Rasdorf, North Carolina State Univ, Raleigh, NC, USA,
TsoJen Wang, North Carolina State Univ, Raleigh, NC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering:

Abstract: This paper describes a mechanism that enables one to automatically monitor and evaluate engineering design data retrieval. It presents a framework, associated with a relational database management system, that combines a database with a set of design specification constraints that govern the retrieval of data from the database. This requires a database that is able to store all of the data normally associated with engineering design as well as a framework that is able to store all the domain-dependent constraints imposed upon the use of the design data. Such a framework has been successfully constructed and is described herein. An example, based on the AISC Specification, is presented and the performance of the framework is discussed.

Subject Headings: Databases | Computer aided design | Frames | Expert systems | Structural design | Systems management | Maintenance |

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