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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 14
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and A.I. Khan
Paper VII.2

Evaluation of Artificial Intelligence and Hypertext Approaches to a Geotechnical Expert System

I.E.G. Davey-Wilson

School of Construction and Earth Sciences, Department of Civil Engineeering, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
I.E.G. Davey-Wilson, "Evaluation of Artificial Intelligence and Hypertext Approaches to a Geotechnical Expert System", in B.H.V. Topping, A.I. Khan, (Editors), "Information Technology for Civil & Structural Engineers", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 109-113, 1993. doi:10.4203/ccp.14.7.2
The selection of a particular software system as an implementation vehicle for a knowledge-based system is often controlled by financial considerations and local availability rather than a detailed examination of the options available. From the user's standpoint, the software behind the KBS will often be unimportant - the quality of the interface will be more immediate. This paper examines the computerisation of a geotechnical expert system and analyses the development and implementation of the system in two formats: a high level artificial intelligence language (PROLOG) and a Hypertext system (HyperCard). The system is described and comparisons are made with the two versions in the areas of knowledge representation, system architecture, interface control and design, user friendliness and ease of programming.

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