Expert System Integrity Maintenance for the Retrieval of Data From Engineering Databases

by William J. Rasdorf, North Carolina State Univ, Raleigh, NC, USA,
TsoJen Wang, North Carolina State Univ, Raleigh, NC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


This paper describes a mechanism that enables one to automatically monitor and evaluate engineering design data retrieval. It presents a framework, associated with a relational database management system, that combines a database with a set of design specification constraints that govern the retrieval of data from the database. This requires a database that is able to store all of the data normally associated with engineering design as well as a framework that is able to store all the domain-dependent constraints imposed upon the use of the design data. Such a framework has been successfully constructed and is described herein. An example, based on the AISC Specification, is presented and the performance of the framework is discussed.

Subject Headings: Frames | Expert systems | Maintenance | Systems engineering | Databases | Computer aided design | Structural design | Structural systems

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