A Knowledge Based Technique for Structural Component Design Programs

by Paul Mark Evans, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, IL, USA,
Mark A. Mulert, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, IL, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering

Abstract: Traditionally, computer programs written for the purpose of sizing and checking standards compliance of individual structural members have been authored in high level compiled languages such as FORTRAN. The provisions of the standard are hard-coded into the program and are inextricably linked with the logic of the design algorithm utilized. This paper discusses a new approach utilizing knowledge based techniques that would result in the separation of knowledge about the problem domain from the control logic of the application program.

Subject Headings: Structural design | Knowledge-based systems | Structural members | Wood structures | Computer software | Computer languages | Algorithms | Control systems

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