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id 1404
authors Hosny, Samir Sadek
year 2003
title BUIL-D-EX; A Knowledge-Based Expert System for the Diagnosis of Buildings Cracks
source Scientific Bulletin, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Vol. 38, No. 2, June 2003 - pp. 297-310
summary Expert systems are computer systems developed to preserve the human expertise about specific domains in a well-structured form suitable for retrieval and manipulation by computers. They have been used in many fields of applications and proved to be beneficial. This paper addresses the role of Knowledge-based expert systems in building construction; particularly in the diagnostics and assessment of buildings' cracks. The paper presents BUIL-D-EX; a prototype for a Buildings’ Diagnostics Expert system intended to assist architects, structural engineers, contractors and even building owners in identifying and suggesting remedies to concrete and masonry surfaces' defects. The system identifies the kind of crack, states its most probable causes and its degree of danger, suggests a technical remedy and finally suggests several commercial names for materials to be used for curing the defect, and how to apply them. BUIL-D-EX offers complete explanations for all its questions to the users, as well as justifications for all its decisions and answers whenever needed.
keywords Expert Systems, Diagnosis, Building Construction, Building Cracks, Backward chaining, Inference, Reasoning
series journal paper
type normal paper
email shosny@msn.com
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