Building Object-Oriented Systems for Diagnostic Problems in Civil Engineering

by G. Akhras, Royal Military Coll of Canada, Kingston, Canada,
H. C. Foo, Royal Military Coll of Canada, Kingston, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


In recent years, rehabilitation and renovation of existing buildings and roads have grown to occupy a significant share of all civil engineering projects. Proper timing of rehabilitative work, being an important component of a successful maintenance program, is the result of a diagnostic analysis of the problem. Diagnostic process in civil engineering involves identification and assessment of a problem, and selection of the most effective repair alternative. Knowledge-based systems can facilitate the diagnostic process by providing the engineers with detailed guidance in evaluating the problem under consideration and in proposing a course of treatment. This paper describes briefly the design and development of two object-oriented systems in relation to diagnostic problems in timber buildings and pavements.

Subject Headings: Diagnosis | Wood structures | Building design | Building systems | Systems engineering | Pavement design | Wood and wood products

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