A case-based reasoning system to facilitate the use of functional performance specification at the briefing stage of building projects

Xiaochun Luo, Qiping Shen

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Functional performance specification (FPS) is a structured process in which the client requirements are defined in terms of functions and the performance of the functions is specified. However, during the course of applying FPS at the briefing stage in building projects, it became apparent that defining functions and their performance efficiently and accurately is a huge challenge, due to the limited experience of the workshop participants and lack of appropriate tools to support the process. Case-based reasoning (CBR) is a computer technique that is able to utilize the knowledge and past experience in addressing a specific type of problems (cases), thus to resolve new but similar problems by finding a similar past case and reuse it in the new problem situation. This paper describes the design and development of a prototype CBR system which is designed to address the challenge stated above. In this paper, the structure and the main features of the system will be introduced to illustrate how CBR can support the use of FPS in the briefing practice of building projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication49th Annual Conference of SAVE International 2009
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event49th Annual Conference of SAVE International 2009 - Detroit, MI, United States
Duration: 29 Jun 20092 Jul 2009


Conference49th Annual Conference of SAVE International 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDetroit, MI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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