A Knowledge Based System for the Design of Open Channels

by James M. Crum, (A.M.ASCE),
Michael E. Mulvihill, (M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


The design of open channel facilities often calls for evaluation of a unique set of physical conditions which do not lend themselves to standard designs and textbook solutions. Consequently, experience and working knowledge are essential qualifications for the practicing engineer. A Knowledge Based Multimedia Computer System HYDOC (Hydraulic Design of Open Channels) is presented as a means to capture the knowledge of how physical parameters and hydraulic principles affect open channel design problems. The system provides an interactive consultation for approaching a typical open channel design problem and includes an analysis of flow conditions, design considerations, and water surface profiles.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic design | Open channels | Knowledge-based systems | Interactive systems | Building design | Water surface profiles | Flow profiles

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