Microcomputer-Based Engineering Expert Systems

by Gavin A. Finn, Stone & Webster Engineering, Corp, Boston, MA, USA,
Kenneth F. Reinschmidt, Stone & Webster Engineering, Corp, Boston, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


Expert systems may be developed by programming an inference mechanism and knowledge representation module, or by using commercially available expert system building tools (shells). The variety of features available in shells necessitates an understanding of the techniques employed by these systems. The selection of an appropriate tool should be based on the needs of the problem itself. Selection of tools is dependent also on the distribution mechanism and the delivery environment. Careful preliminary evaluations of available options will pre-empt unnecessary trial-and-error development scenarios, and will allow the developers to spend more time building applications, and less time trying to circumvent limitations of the software.

Subject Headings: Systems engineering | Expert systems | Computer aided operations | Smart buildings | Building systems | Computer software | Computers

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