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Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper VII.6

A Knowledge-based Expert System for the Design of Reinforced Concrete Halls

N.A.B. Yehia*, A.A.L. Sabbeh+ and A.M. Mosallam#

Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
+General Organization for Housing, Building and Planning Research, Giza, Egypt
#Hosny Consulting Engineers, Cairo, Egypt

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
N.A.B. Yehia, A.A.L. Sabbeh, A.M. Mosallam, "A Knowledge-based Expert System for the Design of Reinforced Concrete Halls", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Artificial Intelligence Tools and Techniques for Civil and Structural Engineers", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 201-209, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.11.7.6
A knowledge-based system for the design of reinforced concrete halls is presented for use on microcomputers. The system consists of two subsystems, an intelligent subsystem, for proposing the layout of the structural system, and an algorithmic subsystem for both analysis and structural design of the components of the structural system. The intelligent subsystem is developed in PROLOG while the analysis and design subsystem is developed in FORTRAN. The intelligent subsystem tried to make use of available aspects of Artificial Intelligence. It takes a step towards the development of knowledge-based system in structural engineering that learns from previous experience the system has gone through. It also employs a general technique of generalization/specialization to understand the nature of the problem(s) not known to the system. The analysis and design subsystem contains the required algorithms to generate, preliminary proportion, analyze and design the structural system proposed by the intelligent subsystem. An example is given t o show the application of each module in the system till the final product is obtained.

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