Some Expert System Applications in Geotechnical Engineering

by Teresa M. Adams, Carnegie Mellon Univ, United States,
Paul Christiano, Carnegie Mellon Univ, United States,
Chris Hendrickson, Carnegie Mellon Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Foundation Engineering: Current Principles and Practices


Knowledge-based expert systems (KBES) represent a new technology for computer-aided engineering. These systems can be useful in situations which involve expert judgments for effective problem solving, as is so often the case in geotechnical engineering. This paper reviews some recent applications in geotechnical engineering, including site characterization, foundation design, retaining wall failure diagnosis and rehabilitation design. Prototype KBES for each of these applications are described. Prospects for widespread application of KBES are reviewed.

Subject Headings: Geotechnical engineering | Foundation design | Computer aided design | Retaining structures | Computer aided operations | Failure analysis | Foundations | Systems engineering

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