Title: Knowledge Representation issues in structural engineering: a framework for application in the case of structures in healthcare

Authors: M. Cristani, C.E. Majorana, V.A. Salomoni

Addresses: Dipartimento di Informatica, Universita di Verona, strada Le Grazie 15, Verona. ' Dipartimento di Costruzioni e Trasporti, Universita di Padova, via Marzolo, 9 Padova. ' Dipartimento di Costruzioni e Trasporti, Universita di Padova, via Marzolo, 9 Padova

Abstract: We survey the literature on Applications of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning Techniques to Structural Engineering. We focus on the aspects related to healthcare: Hospitals and Structures related to accidents and emergencies, which are actors of the healthcare system. The conclusions of the review are three: focus is necessarily on actual systems for industrial uses; there are three trends emerging in recent investigations in the field: ontological foundations, collaboration management and soft computing; these are the basis for the a |new| discipline: Structurotics. The investigation is ended with an example in a concrete application in the field of Tunnel Upgrade.

Keywords: knowledge representation; knowledge management; data mining; ontology; healthcare structures; hospitals; solid mechanics; structural engineering; reasoning techniques; accident and emergencies; A&E; collaboration management; soft computing; tunnel upgrading.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2009.024123

International Journal of Technology Management, 2009 Vol.47 No.1/2/3, pp.207 - 238

Published online: 26 Mar 2009 *

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