The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 77 (1999) > Issues > Issue 3 > A Knowledge-Based System for the Engineering Management of Subsidence Cases
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A Knowledge-Based System for the Engineering Management of Subsidence Cases

A highly topical field of work for many engineers over the last 20 years is the engineering management of housing subsidence cases. The rising cost of claims and the disruption caused to many homes have raised questions as to the appropriateness of current subsidence management procedures. In this paper, a new approach to the engineering management of subsidence cases, based on knowledge-based system technology, is described. An advisory system is presented and shown to provide intelligent advice to engineers at all stages of the subsidence management process, from initial diagnosis and prognostic assessment, to the specification of efective remedial measures. Aspects of the system’s development and evaluation are briefly described and several ‘screen dumps’ included to illustrate the system in operation. The benefits of the system to structural engineers involved in the management of subsidence cases are outlined. D. Scott and C.J. Anumba