An Expert System for Inactive Hazardous Waste Site Characterization

by Kincho H. Law,
Thomas F. Zimmie,
David R. Chapman,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Expert Systems in Civil Engineering


The area of hazardous waste management is a broad and multidisciplinary field requiring expertise in engineering, geology, chemistry and toxicology, and is an ideal area for the application of expert systems. This work deals specifically with inactive hazardous waste site investigations. OPS5, a production rule programming system, is used to implement the prototype expert system. The determination of permeability of the soil and the ground water flow direction and gradient are used as examples in this paper.

Subject Headings: Occupational safety | Waste sites | Expert systems | Hazardous wastes | Permeability (soil) | Groundwater flow | Site investigation | Geohazards

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