Precedents in Design: A Computational Model for the Organization of Case Knowledge

by Rivka Oxman, Technion-Inst of Technology, Haifa, Israel,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


A computational model of for the organization of case knowledge of precedent knowledge is developed. The model is composed of distinct chunks of knowledge called design stories. A formalism for the design story is proposed which represents the linkage between design issue, concept and form in designs. Stories are structured in memory according to a semantic network. The memory structure and indexing system are demonstrated to enhance search and to support cross-contextual browsing and exploration.

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Computing in civil engineering | Conceptual design | Information systems | Computer models | Building design | Organizations | Structural systems

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