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The representation of design cases in building construction

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Wang W, Zhang D, Sun D

The representation of design cases in building construction

Abstract:The integrated utilisation of 'design cases with different types of generalised knowledge raises particular issues on the representation and memory organisation of design cases. The complexity of the design process in bdclmg construction and the lack of design intentions in building project documents make these issues even more important in creating integrated case-based design systems in this domain. What makes up a design case, how it is acquired and represented, how specific knowledge in design cases can be efficiently used and integrated with generalised knowledge, and how to organise case memory are addressed in this paper. Based on our previous experiences in developing case-based design systems and exploring heterogeneous knowledge memory, two schemes for design case representation and case memory organisation are presented. They are discussed in terms of content of cases, method of acquisition, framework of representation, and organisation of case memory.

Keywords:case-based reasoning; integrated design system; case representation; case acquisition; case memory organisation

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