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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 50
INNOVATION IN COMPUTER METHODS FOR CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and M.B. Leeming
Paper IX.1

A Neural Network Model for Predicting Cost-Flow for Water Industry Projects

A.H. Boussabaine, R. Thoms and T.M.S. Elhag

School of Architecture and Building Engineering, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
A.H. Boussabaine, R. Thoms, T.M.S. Elhag, "A Neural Network Model for Predicting Cost-Flow for Water Industry Projects", in B.H.V. Topping, M.B. Leeming, (Editors), "Innovation in Computer Methods for Civil and Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 113-119, 1997. doi:10.4203/ccp.50.9.1
Abstract
This paper explains the need for cost-flow forecasting in water industry projects and investigates the methods currently used to perform such a task. The paper also introduces neural network as an alternative approach to existing methods. The method used to model the system is described. The relationship between the number of nodes used and the accuracy of the neural network in modelling the cost-flow is closely examined. An optimal solution is proposed for the case and a prototype system is described. The results of the investigation of the number of nodes used and testing of the prototype neural network for sample cases are presented and discussed.

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