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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 35
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper X.1

The Use of a Knowledge based System as an Aid in the Preliminary Design of Building Structures

R.J. Grew

School of Architecture and Building Engineering, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
R.J. Grew, "The Use of a Knowledge based System as an Aid in the Preliminary Design of Building Structures", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Developments in Artificial Intelligence for Civil and Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 177-182, 1995. doi:10.4203/ccp.35.10.1
The task of quickly selecting a preliminary structural scheme which is safe economic and sometimes imaginative is a task usually set aside for the more senior Engineer. He will use his past experience and knowledge of structural behaviour and design to produce the scheme. Most of the calculations at this stage will involve simple, easy to use analytical techniques, including Rule of Thumb methods. Often though the structure is too complex to use such methods, or perhaps the Engineer does not know of a simple yet accurate preliminary design method.

At a time when Consultants are already under fire for failing to react quickly enough to design changes any delays are unwanted.

This paper describes a simple knowledge based computer system which can carry out simple analysis and design, and can utilise knowledge of existing structures to enable the designer to bring about a speedy conclusion to the preliminary design process.

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