Bridge damage assessment through fuzzy Petri net based expert system

Weiling Chiang, Kevin F.R. Liu, Jonathan Lee

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Abstract

The reliability of the techniques adopted for damage assessment is important for bridge management systems. It is widely recognized that the use of expert systems for bridge damage assessment is a promising direction toward bridge management systems. However, several important issues need to be addressed, such as the management of uncertainty and imprecision, the efficiency of fuzzy rule based reasoning, and the need of an explanation facility to increase confidence about the assessment results. To address the issues arising from using expert systems, this paper is aimed at developing an expert system for assessing bridges based on an expert system shell, which is called the fuzzy Petri net based expert system (FPNES). Major features of FPNES include the ability to reason using uncertain and imprecise information, knowledge representation through the use of hierarchical fuzzy Petri nets, a reasoning mechanism based on fuzzy Petri nets, and an explanation of the reasoning process through the use of hierarchical fuzzy Petri nets. Therefore, this expert system for assessing bridges does not impose any restriction on the inference mechanism. Furthermore, this approach offers more informative results than other systems. An application to the damage assessment of the Da-Shi bridge in Taiwan is used as an illustrative example of FPNES.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-149
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Computing in Civil Engineering
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2000

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