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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 27
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and M. Papadrakakis
Paper II.2

Representing Heuristic Design Knowledge using Artificial Neural Networks

J.D. Biedermann and D.E. Grierson

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

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J.D. Biedermann, D.E. Grierson, "Representing Heuristic Design Knowledge using Artificial Neural Networks", in B.H.V. Topping, M. Papadrakakis, (Editors), "Artificial Intelligence and Object Oriented Approaches to Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 83-90, 1994. doi:10.4203/ccp.27.2.2
The detailed stage of structural design has benefited considerably from computer automation of the numerically intensive tasks of structural analysis, optimization and conformance checking using the procedural programming approach. Such an approach, however, does not allow for the representation and utilization of heuristic knowledge implicit in previous design solutions, which is often difficult or impossible to represent algorithmically. This paper describes how artificial neural networks can learn heuristic knowledge from previous design solutions and then apply this knowledge to produce a solution to a similar design problem.

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