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.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology - AQUA|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Water Science and Technology