A knowledge-based expert system for design of thrust blocks for water pipelines in Hong Kong

Kwok Wing Chau, Vitus Ng

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It is feasible to develop expert systems for complicated design processes in the field of water supply engineering. This paper presents how knowledge about the design of thrust blocks for water pipelines can be represented in a manner appropriate to the new computing technology of expert systems, resulting in a computer program which can act as a readily available design aid. The model is written employing a PC shell 'VP-Expert' and is tailored for use on an IBM personal computer or compatible which is readily available in design offices. Its outputs include expert advice on the choice of design procedures, recommendations for the main design parameters, necessity of thrust blocks taking account of the anchorage length and the size of thrust blocks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-99
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Water Supply: Research and Technology - AQUA
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology

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