A coupled knowledge-based expert system for design of liquid-retaining structures

Chau, K. W. and Albermani, F. (2003) A coupled knowledge-based expert system for design of liquid-retaining structures. Automation In Construction, 12 5: 589-602. doi:10.1016/S0926-5805(03)00041-4

Author Chau, K. W.
Albermani, F.
Title A coupled knowledge-based expert system for design of liquid-retaining structures
Journal name Automation In Construction   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0926-5805
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0926-5805(03)00041-4
Volume 12
Issue 5
Start page 589
End page 602
Total pages 14
Place of publication Amsterdam ; New York
Publisher Elsevier Science
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
290801 Structural Engineering
680203 Civil
Abstract This paper describes a coupled knowledge-based system (KBS) for the design of liquid-retaining structures, which can handle both the symbolic knowledge processing based on engineering heuristics in the preliminary synthesis stage and the extensive numerical crunching involved in the detailed analysis stage. The prototype system is developed by employing blackboard architecture and a commercial shell VISUAL RULE STUDIO. Its present scope covers design of three types of liquid-retaining structures, namely, a rectangular shape with one compartment, a rectangular shape with two compartments and a circular shape. Through custom-built interactive graphical user interfaces, the user is directed throughout the design process, which includes preliminary design, load specification, model generation, finite element analysis, code compliance checking and member sizing optimization. It is also integrated with various relational databases that provide the system with sectional properties, moment and shear coefficients and final member details. This system can act as a consultant to assist novice designers in the design of liquid-retaining structures with increase in efficiency and optimization of design output and automated record keeping. The design of a typical example of the liquid-retaining structure is also illustrated. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V All rights reserved.
Keyword Construction & Building Technology
Engineering, Civil
Coupled Knowledge-based Expert System
Liquid-retaining Structures
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia

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