Expert Systems in Civil Engineering.
FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
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Two operating prototype expert systems are examined. The first, called TRALI, is a system designed to assist in the signal timing of isolated intersections. This system is studied due to its relative simplicity and functional transparency. The second system discussed acts as an expert scheduling assistant for a hypothetical construction project. Named the PLATFORM Model, this expert system demonstrates the current capabilities obtainable and points the direction of future endeavors in this area. Costly both in terms of money and time, it is important to ensure that expert systems are developed and implemented only within those fields domains where their strengths are suited and their costs can be justified. Practical aspects of these decisions are discussed along with an examination of domains that are not appropriate for expert systems. Current research in the field of Civil Engineering is then discussed, followed by suggestions for appropriate applications in the area of Construction Management. Finally, an attempt is made to quantify the impact of widespread expert system use to the individual, the company and society as a whole.
- Computer Programming and Software