Design of an Expert System for the Rating of Highway Bridges

by Celal N. Kostem,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Expert Systems in Civil Engineering


A microcomputer-based expert system used to determine the effects of vehicles and overloaded vehicles on simple span bridges with reinforced concrete deck and prestressed concrete I-beams is presented. The system provides an interface to a database and two finite element programs. The reasons which led to the development of the system and the second generation of the system, which is under development, are discussed.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Highway and road design | Highway bridges | Concrete bridges | Reinforced concrete | Expert systems | Ratings | Vehicles

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