The Development of an Expert System Used in Preliminary Design of Concrete Bridges

by Nicolaas Stuurstraat, Delft Univ of Technology, Delft, Netherlands,
Cornelis van der Veen, Delft Univ of Technology, Delft, Netherlands,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


The importance of the selection of the best design on the one hand and the available knowledge, on the other during the preliminary design process asks after a different kind of software than usual at present. Much of the necessary knowledge consists of simple thumbrules and experience at that phase. Expert Systems based on rules extracted from existing already builded bridges can therefore become useful design tools in future. Complicated finite element programs are often more useful in a later point of time.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Structural design | Finite element method | Concrete bridges | Data collection | Concrete structures | Structural analysis | Computer software

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