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Title: A knowledge-based system for liquid retaining structure design with blackboard architecture
Authors: Chau, KW 
Albermani, F
Issue Date: Jan-2005
Source: Building and environment, Jan. 2005, v. 40, no. 1, p. 73-81
Abstract: Owing to the high degree of vulnerability of liquid retaining structures to corrosion problems, there are stringent requirements in its design against cracking. In this paper, a prototype knowledge-based system is developed and implemented for the design of liquid retaining structures based on the blackboard architecture. A commercially available expert system shell VISUAL RULE STUDIO working as an ActiveX Designer under the VISUAL BASIC programming environment is employed. Hybrid knowledge representation approach with production rules and procedural methods under object-oriented programming are used to represent the engineering heuristics and design knowledge of this domain. It is demonstrated that the blackboard architecture is capable of integrating different knowledge together in an effective manner. The system is tailored to give advice to users regarding preliminary design, loading specification and optimized configuration selection of this type of structure. An example of application is given to illustrate the capabilities of the prototype system in transferring knowledge on liquid retaining structure to novice engineers.
Keywords: Knowledge acquisition
Object oriented programming
Optimization
Structure (composition)
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Journal: Building and environment 
ISSN: 0360-1323
EISSN: 1873-684X
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2004.05.005
Rights: Building and Environment © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. The journal web site is located at http://www.sciencedirect.com.
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