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Integration of knowledge management and Information Technology into the repair of concrete structures: an innovative approach

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Moodi F

Integration of knowledge management and Information Technology into the repair of concrete structures: an innovative approach

Abstract:The use of Information Technology (IT) in design and construction can exploit strategic opportunities for new ways of integrating, sharing and facilitating information and knowledge in any field of engineering. The technologies available are sophisticated computer programs which store expert knowledge on specific subject and are applied to a broad range of engineering problems. The integration of separate areas of IT can be used to bring a group of experts and specialists in any field of engineering closer together by allowing them to communicate and exchange information and expertise. The research described in this paper is based upon a total management system for repair of concrete structures with sufficient flexibility to allow an inexperienced user to develop his interest in concrete repair technology whilst at the same time allowing an expert to contribute knowledge towards improving and evolving problem solving capability in the field of concrete repair. This computerised management system, which is called DEMAREC, comprises a knowledge expert system (DEMAREC-EXPERT) and a database management system (REPCON) alongside visualization technologies and an evaluation system (ECON). It is developed to produce an innovative platform which will facilitate and encourage the development of knowledge in education, evolution, evaluation and diagnostic modes of concrete repair. The methodology is developed to provide technology transfer of information and expertise from the research community in the repair of concrete structures to other practitioners and vice versa, and to allow the promotion and relegation of knowledge according to the opinion of users of different levels of ability from expert to novice.

Keywords:information Technology (IT), concrete repair, knowledge management system

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