An expert system for selecting roofing types in developing areas

Oliveira, Silvia Da Conceicao Cunha
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This dissertation has as it's objective to develop an expert system for the purpose of investigating the suitability of using expert systems in developing areas. It is the first time to our knowledge that an expert system has been tested for usage in such a context. The housing and more specifically roofing domain is investigated for an application topic resulting in "the selection of suitable roofing types" being chosen. Potential end-users are identified, an appropriate context of such a system is outlined and an expert system tool is selected, The knowledge engineering and building of the knowledge base are described. Feedback from the parties involved in testing and validating BUILDROOF is documented. In addition the suitability of using expert systems in the developing areas context in which BUILDROOF was developed, is discussed. Finally, recommendations regarding potentially suitable areas of application for expert systems in developing areas are outlined.
A project report submitted to the Faculty of Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Engineering.
Roofing, Roofs -- Design and construction, Expert systems (Computer science)