Development of an expert system modelling the construction process

Poon, Joanna 2004, Development of an expert system modelling the construction process, Journal of construction research, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 125-138, doi: 10.1142/S1609945104000103.

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Title Development of an expert system modelling the construction process
Author(s) Poon, Joanna
Journal name Journal of construction research
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Start page 125
End page 138
Total pages 14
Publisher World Scientific Publishing
Place of publication Singapore
Publication date 2004-03
ISSN 1609-9451
Keyword(s) Construction process
Expert system
United Kingdom
Summary The construction industry in the UK needs to improve its performance and provide clients with an improved level of satisfaction. The inefficient design and construction process is usually criticised as one of the main causes of poor performance.

A new construction process system, CONstruction Best Practice System (CONBPS), has been developed based on the use of an expert system. CONBPS is based on the traditional procurement strategy as it is probably the most popular procurement method in the UK and yet it is subject to most criticism. This model clearly identifies the roles and responsibilities of the major parties within the building team and identifies the activities and the key issues within the project cycle. The completed model reflects the full project cycle from inception to completion.

The prototype of this system has been demonstrated to the construction participants for their comments. The practitioners included architects, quantity surveyors, planning supervisors, private and public clients. The method of collecting data was through the use of semi-structured interviews.

Following feedback from practitioners, the CONBPS has been updated. This version is more robust; besides, it is more practical and user-friendly as it incorporates the comments from practitioners, who are also the potential users.

The primary aim of this paper is to discuss the development of the updated CONBPS. The improvement of the updated CONBPS includes the information for constructing the system, the computerised functions, system structure, knowledge representation structure and the system operation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1142/S1609945104000103
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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