An Expert System for the Planning and Design of Flood Control Channels

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by James Crum, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, United States,
Michael Mulvihill, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources:

Abstract: The planning and design of flood control channels often calls for the evaluation of a unique set of physical conditions which do not lend themselves to standard designs. Consequently, experience and working knowledge are essential qualifications for the practicing engineer. An Expert System 'HYDOC' (Hydraulic Design of Open Channels) is presented, that captures the working knowledge of hydraulic engineers and provides a consultation for a less experienced user. HYDOC as presented, follows a methodical approach for evaluating a typical open channel problem by classifying flow conditions and presenting an analysis of expected water surface profiles.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic design | Channel flow | Floods | Expert systems | Flow profiles | Water flow | Open channels | Water surface profiles |

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