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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 11
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper I.3

The Potential of Object Oriented Programming for the Development of Expert Systems in the Construction Industry

M. Alshawi

Department of Civil Engineering, Salford University, England

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
M. Alshawi, "The Potential of Object Oriented Programming for the Development of Expert Systems in the Construction Industry", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Artificial Intelligence Tools and Techniques for Civil and Structural Engineers", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 27-32, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.11.1.3
Abstract
The applications of Expert Systems in the Construction Industry are becoming more important than ever before. The latest techniques in knowledge engineering and knowledge understanding have opened the doors for developers and researchers alike to devote more of their effort to knowledge representation. These developments together with the improvements in hardware and software have facilitated the task of developing large expert systems. This paper illustrates the various methods of knowledge representation with a particular emphasis on the object oriented technique. It highlights the features, benefits and future impact of this technique on the development of expert systems. Several examples are given to illustrate the concepts behind objects, frames, inheritance and hybrid development tools.

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