Development of an Expert System for Urban Runoff

by P. Stephen Lundgren, Tulane Univ, New Orleans, United States,
Michael E. Barber, Tulane Univ, New Orleans, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


The U.S. EPA's Storm Water Management Model, SWMM, (Version 4.20, 1988) is a comprehensive water quality and quantity mathematical model for simulation of urban runoff in storm and combined sewer systems (USEPA, 1988a). Data to be processed by the SWMM model is entered into an editor text file, which is then loaded into the executable SWMM program as an input data file. This paper proposes an alternative method involving the use of a Knowledge Based Expert System (KBES) to prompt the user for this data with a series of questions. The KBES program, called SWMM-ES, has been developed for use in the PC/Windows environment (Microsoft, 1990).

Subject Headings: Expert systems | Urban development | Runoff | Computer models | Storm sewers | Computer software | Hydrologic models | Hydraulic models

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