Web-based knowledge-based system on liquid retaining structure design as instructional tool

Faris Albermani, Kwok Wing Chau

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A novice engineer often faces many difficulties during the design of liquid retaining structures, which involve making many decisions on the basis of judgment, heuristics, code of practice, rules of thumb, and previous experience. There is a need to develop programming environments that can incorporate engineering judgment along with algorithmic tools. In this paper, the development of a web-based knowledge-based system in design of liquid retaining structures, using blackboard architecture with hybrid knowledge representation techniques including production rule system and object-oriented approach, is presented. It is based on British Standards Codes of Practice BS8007 and BS8110. Tailor-made explanations are furnished to direct and assist inexperienced designers or civil engineering students to learn and capture how to design liquid retaining structures effectively and sustainably in their design practices. The use of this intelligent tutoring system in disseminating heuristic knowledge as well as experience to practitioners and civil engineering students is demonstrated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Web-Based Learning - 1st International Conference, ICWL 2002, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)3540440410, 9783540440413
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002
Event1st International Conference on Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2002 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 17 Aug 200219 Aug 2002

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference1st International Conference on Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2002
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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