A Flexible Expert System Based Typology of Irrigation System Types

by Mark Svendsen,
Chandra Balachandran,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives


This paper describes an approach developed to classify irrigation systems into categories. It discusses the general problem of developing a typology of irrigation systems and proposes a solution to the problem that relies on the flexible application of a fixed set of seven dimensions. The approach utilizes a computer-based expert system to elicit information from a user regarding a particular system and make replicable classification decisions in each dimensions. The paper first discusses the need for such a scheme in terms of research on irrigation performance and its determinants. It goes on to identify the dimensions employed as the basis for classification and lists discrete categories for each dimension. Finally, it describes an expert system developed to make repeatable classifications for any given irrigation system.

Subject Headings: Irrigation systems | Expert systems | Information systems | Computer models | Irrigation | Computing in civil engineering

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