An Expert System for the Planning and Design of Flood Control Channels

by James Crum, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, United States,
Michael Mulvihill, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


The planning and design of flood control channels often calls for the evaluation of a unique set of physical conditions which do not lend themselves to standard designs. Consequently, experience and working knowledge are essential qualifications for the practicing engineer. An Expert System 'HYDOC' (Hydraulic Design of Open Channels) is presented, that captures the working knowledge of hydraulic engineers and provides a consultation for a less experienced user. HYDOC as presented, follows a methodical approach for evaluating a typical open channel problem by classifying flow conditions and presenting an analysis of expected water surface profiles.

Subject Headings: Expert systems | Hydraulic design | Floods | Channel flow | Open channels | Computer software | Flow control | Flow profiles

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