Expert system application on preliminary design of water retaining structures

Kwok Wing Chau, F. Albermani

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Design of liquid retaining structures involves many decisions to be made by the designer based on rules of thumb, heuristics, judgment, code of practice and previous experience. Various design parameters to be chosen include configuration, material, loading, etc. A novice engineer may face many difficulties in the design process. Recent developments in artificial intelligence and emerging field of knowledge-based system (KBS) have made widespread applications in different fields. However, no attempt has been made to apply this intelligent system to the design of liquid retaining structures. The objective of this study is, thus, to develop a KBS that has the ability to assist engineers in the preliminary design of liquid retaining structures. Moreover, it can provide expert advice to the user in selection of design criteria, design parameters and optimum configuration based on minimum cost. The development of a prototype KBS for the design of liquid retaining structures (LIQUID), using blackboard architecture with hybrid knowledge representation techniques including production rule system and object-oriented approach, is presented in this paper. An expert system shell, Visual Rule Studio, is employed to facilitate the development of this prototype system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-178
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Systems with Applications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2002


  • Knowledge-based system
  • Object-oriented
  • Preliminary design
  • System
  • Water retaining structures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications


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