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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND CIVIL ENGINEERING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
A Computer Program for Construction Project Scheduling
K.K.E. Kahkonen* and B.L. Atkin+
*Laboratory of Urban Planning and Building Design, Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland
K.K.E. Kahkonen, B.L. Atkin, "A Computer Program for Construction Project Scheduling", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Artificial Intelligence and Civil Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 37-41, 1991. doi:10.4203/ccp.12.2.1
ATOP is an interactive computer program for generating and managing schedules of a building construction project. It is the result of an analysis and synthesis of schedule preparation in a typical building construction project. ATOP is highly domain-dependent and therefore it is assumed that ATOP meets the needs of construction practitioners better than domain-independent project management software packages.
ATOP comprises features from knowledge-based systems: automatic generation of an initial schedule and an object-oriented database for storing relevant data. ATOP can also be used to study alternative schedules with the aid of special procedures which generate and update activity dependencies. Hierarchical, object-oriented data structures are used to store the state of a schedule under preparation. The data structures contain both qualitative and quantitative data.
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