Role of Expert Systems in High-Rise Building Design

  • M. L. Maher
  • S. J. Fenves


The emergence of expert systems, interactive computer programs that incorporate the knowledge and judgment of experts in appropriate domains, promises to extend significantly the use of the computer in the design of high-rise buildings. In current design practice, the use of computers is limited to areas in which algorithmic solutions are available, such as analysis of structural systems and proportioning of components. Expert systems provide a means for using the computer in the solution of problems that have resisted being formalized as algorithms. This paper examines the use of expert systems in the preliminary design of high rise buildings through a discussion of the prototype expert system HI-RISE. The nature of expert systems is described, followed by a discussion of HI-RISE. Using HI-RISE as a starting point, potential expert systems in building design are described and the impact of such systems on the building design process are discussed.


Expert System Reinforce Concrete Lateral Load Building Design System Methodology 


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