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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 11
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper III.2

A KEE Approach to Site Layout Problems

A. Hamiani

Navistar International Transportation Corp., Fort Wayne, USA

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A. Hamiani, "A KEE Approach to Site Layout Problems", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Artificial Intelligence Tools and Techniques for Civil and Structural Engineers", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 65-69, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.11.3.2
This paper introduces a knowledge-based expert system approach to the construction site layout problem. Site layout, as described in this research, consists of locating temporary support facilities on a construction project site, while satisfying the applicable constraints. The problem involves the search for a feasible solution to a two dimensional spatial arrangement where performance is a function of many criteria, some of which are not quantifiable.

A prototype system, CONSITE, was devised to examine the proposed approach. The development of CONSITE has resulted in the implementation of a system that embodies the heuristic, judgment, and experience of experts in its knowledge base. This system can act upon user-specific problems, and achieve a "satisfycing" solution. CONSITE was developed, at the University of Texas at Austin, on a Texas Instrument Explorer, using the Knowledge Engineering Environment (KEE). Rules, frames, and Object-Oriented programming techniques were used to represent knowledge.

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