Expert systems and the use of information in building design and construction

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TypeArticle
Journal titleJournal of Documentation
ISSN0022-0418
Volume44
Issue2
Pages91118; # of pages: 28
Subjectexpert systems; information sciences; science de l'information
AbstractThe building industry, through its structure and its mandate, faces endemic information problems; expert systems are expected to impact positively. Expert systems are suited to situations of uncertainty; knowledge and reasoning are separated, allowing easier updating. Knowledge acquistion from human experts is difficult and problems of information reliability arise, suggesting the scope for cooperation between knowledge engineers and documentalists familiar with the domain. In building, prevailing conditions seem to indicate the appropriateness of expert systems, particularly during the design phase; however, written documentation and general research results are rarely consulted. This highlights the need for an information 'refining' stage between production and use. It is easier to set up expert systems for specialised sub- domains; however, on-going research is attempting to develop a comprehensive approach to project-specific information that would be operational from initial design through to completed construction. Criteria for a comprehensive design information system can be listed.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
IdentifierIRC-P-1587
NRC number30237
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NPARC number20386272
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Record created2012-07-25
Record modified2016-05-09
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