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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 11
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper IV.6

A Knowledge based Approach to Support the Generation of Construction Schedules

D. Echeverry*, C.W. Ibbs+ and S. Kim#,

*Department of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana
+Department of Civil Engineering, university of California, Berkeley
#US Army CERL, Champaign, USA

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D. Echeverry, C.W. Ibbs, S. Kim, "A Knowledge based Approach to Support the Generation of Construction Schedules", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Artificial Intelligence Tools and Techniques for Civil and Structural Engineers", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 115-122, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.11.4.6
Computerized support of the task of generating construction schedules is currently limited to provide a network representation of activities manually defined and sequenced. This definition of the activities, their characteristics (resource allocation, duration, etc.), and their sequencing demands substantial expertise and is time consuming. This research work attempts to provide intelligent support to the construction scheduler. A Knowledge Based Systems approach is used, that involves three major phases: (1) knowledge acquisition from experts; (2) formalization of the elicited knowledge; and (3) production of a prototype Knowledge Based system. An extensive program of interaction with industry expert schedulers is described here. The status of the computer implementation work is discussed as well.

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