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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 37
INFORMATION PROCESSING IN CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING DESIGN
Edited by: B. Kumar
Paper V.1

A Dependency Network Generator for Standards Processing

A.I. Neilson

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
A.I. Neilson, "A Dependency Network Generator for Standards Processing", in B. Kumar, (Editor), "Information Processing in Civil and Structural Engineering Design", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 121-126, 1996. doi:10.4203/ccp.37.5.1
Abstract
This paper presents a hybrid approach to standards processing. The use of the conventional printed version of codes of practice is inherently fraught with many problems. One problem in particular, that of following the flow of information through a standard is addressed in this paper. The environment described consists of a hypertext representation of the code, and a separate object-oriented processing module. Another component of the model, the Dependency Network Generator, creates dependency networks from the hypertext representation of the code which are used by the processing module to ensure the code provisions are processed in the correct order. The Dependency Network Generator ensures that a direct mapping exists between the representation of the code and the processing module. After presenting a brief overview of the standards processing environment aimed at overcoming these problems, a detailed description of the Dependency Network Generator is presented. This generator is considered crucial to the effective operation of the hybrid environment.

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