Microcomputer Expert Systems for Welded Construction

by William F. Hathaway, Stone & Webster Engineering, Corp, Boston, MA, USA,
Gavin A. Finn, Stone & Webster Engineering, Corp, Boston, MA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering

Abstract: Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation has developed expert systems including various applications within the field of welded construction. Systems have been developed in the areas of weld procedure selection, welder qualification test selection, weld time and material estimating, and for determining the causes of field welding defects. This paper describes expert systems technology and the structure of the welding expert systems, and discusses how expert systems have provided higher levels of expertise and knowledge to welders and construction management personnel.

Subject Headings: Welding | Expert systems | Construction management | Computer software | Material tests | Steel construction | Steel structures | Construction materials

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