Expert system for wind-resistant residential construction

James R. McDonald, Douglas A. Smith, Kishor C. Mehta

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A knowledge-based expert system designed to overcome some of the problems in residential construction inherent to written DTC standards has been developed. The PC-based software is user friendly and can benefit both the designer and the building inspector. Using the input module, the user selects the building code and enters the design wind speed, terrain conditions, type of construction, and building geometry. The load module computes the wind-induced pressures to determine the design forces for the structure, while the design module checks the initial design information for its adequacy. Recommendations are made which the user can implement or reject; in finalizing the design, the program output provides all the information needed.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction - Washington, DC, USA
Duration: Dec 3 1996Dec 5 1996


ConferenceProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction
CityWashington, DC, USA


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