Intelligent Tutoring Systems to Aid Water Treatment Plant Operators

by Anthony G. Collins, (M.ASCE), Clarkson Univ, Potsdam, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


Training for water treatment plant operators exists primarily through short courses at colleges or technical schools, self-study manuals, and on-the-job training. Intelligent tutoring systems offer another alternative to this array of training methods. This technology supports the transfer of both basic procedural skills as well as complex conceptual knowledge. Examples of both are provided. The box method for unit conversion provides a simple procedure for determining whether multiplication or division is required for a particular unit conversion. The jar test tutor provides an operator the opportunity to run a jar test simulation, receive feedback on the parameters selected, visualize the results on the actual water treatment processes, and be tutored in the topics related to understanding the processes involved as well as background areas. The kinds of knowledge that need to be represented for both the box method and the jar test domain and how the knowledge is presented to an operator are described.

Subject Headings: Water treatment plants | Training | Artificial intelligence (AI) | Intelligent transportation systems | Water treatment | Teaching methods | Computer models

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