Expert Systems as Applied to Bridges: Knowledge Acquisition Phase: Final Report

Report No: 88-R6

Published in 1987

About the report:

Presented in this report is a detailed description of the procedure to be followed to develop a knowledge-based computerized expert system for determining whether to rehabilitate, improve, replace, abandon, or just to routinely maintain an old highway bridge in the VDOT road system. Based on extensive interviews with bridge engineering experts, the type of data needed, the rules to be used and interference procedures are described, along with an example for the expert system called DOB (for Disposition of Old Bridges). Future studies are expected to program this information into a format suitable for use in a personal computer.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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William Zuk

Last updated: December 29, 2023

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