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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 13
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper X.4

A LISP Representation for Design Standards

A.I. Hansen, B. Kumar and B.H.V. Topping

Department of Civil Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, Scotland

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A.I. Hansen, B. Kumar, B.H.V. Topping, "A LISP Representation for Design Standards", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Artificial Intelligence and Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 257-262, 1991. doi:10.4203/ccp.13.10.4
Earlier research proposed the representation of the provisions of design codes as facts. These facts may be manipulated by standard-independent generic rules. This concept of standards processing is derived from PROLOG where a data-base consisting of facts may be manipulated by generic rules. This paper is a description of an implementation of this factual representation of standards in LISP. Section 4.2 of BS5950 for the use of steel in buildings has been used for illustration of the concept.

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