Proposal for Combining Expert Systems and Canal Design

by Otto J. Helweg, Memphis State Univ, United States,
Ahmed El-Khashab, Memphis State Univ, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: National Water Conference

Abstract: Expert Systems can be combined with a computer aided design methodology to develop a cost effective canal system. The System should consider a feasible set of design alternatives to satisfy functional, hydraulic, operational, maintenance, and construction constraints. Also, the economic analysis should consider cost of earthwork, canal lining and trimming, control structures, land acquisition, and operation and maintenance costs. Finally, the earthwork cost should include excavation, deposition, hauling, and soil import and export.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic design | Canals | Expert systems | Computer aided design | Earthwork | Irrigation systems | Maintenance | Economic factors

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