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Title: Supporting engineering design using knowledge based systems technology with a case study in electricity distribution network design
Authors: McDonnell, Janet Theresa
Advisors: Johnson, L
Issue Date: 1994
Publisher: Brunel University, School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics
Abstract: This thesis explores the architectural requirements of engineering design support systems based on knowledge based systems technology. The exploration is based on an understanding of the nature of designing as a professional activity and on the extent to which designers' competence can be modelled. Attention is focused on certain salient aspects of designers' competent behaviour. The theoretical study leads to the specification of requirements to be satisfied by a knowledge based system which will support designers in their professional setting and to the proposal of some knowledge based system components which will meet the requirements identified. The theoretical aspect of the thesis is complemented by a case study based on a designer of high voltage electricity distribution networks. The case study illustrates the theoretical component of the thesis and the methodological basis for the work. The practical realizability of the components of the knowledge based systems architecture proposed are demonstrated using the results of the analysis of the knowledge elicited in the case study without prejudicing the general applicability of the ideas. An object-oriented knowledge engineering software development environment is used to demonstrate how some components of the design situation represented can be implemented.
Description: This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University.
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