Expert Systems for Civil Engineers: Knowledge Representation

by Robert H. Allen, Asst. Prof.; Mechanical Engrg. Dept., Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716-3140,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-892-2 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-892-2 (ISBN-10), 1992, Soft Cover, Pg. 305
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


This committee report, Expert Systems for Civil Engineers: Knowledge Representation, focuses on how engineers represent knowledge in expert systems. The book is divided into two parts. The first part presents an engineering overview and the fundamentals associated with five knowledge representation (KR) paradigms: logic, rules, frames, objects, and neural nets. The chapter on each paradigm includes an example of representing knowledge from a civil engineering application (structural design, preliminary design of composite laminates, structural analysis, project scheduling and material modeling). The second part of the book covers other applications where the expert system under discussion employs one or more of the KR paradigms discussed earlier. These applications include water resource management, hazardous waste management, wastewater treatment, construction site layout, and groundwater remediation. The final application deals with time series analysis in relation to the prediction of sunspots. These applications were selected because they represent a wide spectrum of civil engineering and related activities appropriate for expert system development.

Subject Headings: Expert systems | Groundwater management | Water resources | Occupational safety | Wastewater management | Waste management | Resource management


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