Knowledge Acquisition in Civil Engineering

by Tomasz Arciszewski,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-864-9 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-864-7 (ISBN-10), 1991, Soft Cover, Pg. 232
Prepared by the Committee on Expert Systems of the Technical Council on Computer Practices of ASCE
Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book


Expert systems are an intriguing approach for transferring valuable problem-solving skills from the minds of human experts to the logic of computer programs. For the past several years, intensive research and development activities into the fundamentals of expert systems and their application to civil engineering problems have been taking place. As more and more expert systems are built for practical applications, civil engineers need to improve their capability to acquire, assimilate, and codify knowledge that currently exists only in the form of personal engineering experience, judgment, or as site-specific information from individual projects. This book is written for all civil engineers who are interested in the role played by knowledge acquisition in expert system development. It is divided into three parts. Part I gives the reader a broad perspective of knowledge acquisition issues and an introduction to the basic techniques of both manual and automated knowledge acquisition. The second part consists of case studies concerning approaches to knowledge acquisition in three major civil engineering areas. The last part is an annotated bibliography of relevant literature in the field.

Subject Headings: Expert systems | Systems engineering | Water treatment plants | Water quality | Wastewater treatment plants | Infrastructure construction | Case studies


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