A Prototype Expert System for Steel Connections

by Yixian Gu, Lehigh Univ, United States,
V. Tuncer Akiner, Lehigh Univ, United States,
George C. Driscoll, Lehigh Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Utilization in Structural Engineering


A PC-based, menu-driven, five-module prototype knowledge-based system has been developed for steel connections. The system can solve various steel connection problems by utilizing the built-in knowledge from engineering specifications, rules-of-thumb, and research results. The system, named CONN, consists of five independently developed modules: Connection Classification, Consulting, Connection Design, Diagnosis, and Bibliography Database. CONN can be used as a design or consulting tool, a data bank of past research results, or a resource for various classes of expertise in the field. It also can be used as a knowledge acquisition tool for a user to establish his own knowledge database.

Subject Headings: Expert systems | Steel | Connections (structural) | Steel structures | Consulting services | Databases | Computer aided design | Computers

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