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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 11
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper XI.1

The Educational Value for Expert Systems

S. Alkass and F.C. Harris

School of Construction Engineering and Technology, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, England

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
S. Alkass, F.C. Harris, "The Educational Value for Expert Systems", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Artificial Intelligence Tools and Techniques for Civil and Structural Engineers", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 275-283, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.11.11.1
Expert knowledge relating to construction is in the main held personally by experienced practitioners and therefore accessible only piecemeal.

This knowledge is usually gained on site over long period of time and is very difficult if not impossible to transfer in conventional form such as notes and books because of it's heuristic nature and the time needed to make records.

Expert Systems indicate that these disadvantages can be countered by bringing together many strands of expertise structured in a manner that facilitates a user to steer a step by step course of learning and so solve problems which are largely judgment dependent. This paper comments on two applications for claim analysis and earthmoving operations and plant selection used in a teaching context.

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