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Alkass, S, Alhussein, M and Moselhi, O (1997) Computerized crane selection for construction projects. In: Stephenson, P (Ed.), Proceedings 13th Annual ARCOM Conference, 15-17 September 1997, Cambridge, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 427–36.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: crane selection; integrated computer system; modularity; encapsulation of data
- ISBN/ISSN: 0 86 339 759 X
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar1997-427-436_Alkass_Alhussein_and_Moselhi.pdf
This paper describes a methodology for crane selection for construction projects. The methodology is incorporated into an integrated computer system capable of advising users on the selection of appropriate cranes for their construction projects. Expert's knowledge has been captured, classified and coded in the system's knowledge-base. The system integrates a knowledge-base with algorithmic programs, and commercially available tools such as: database management, spreadsheet applications, graphics and simulations. The system utilizes Object Oriented Programming characteristics of the abstraction, inheritance, modularity, and encapsulation of data. The system allows for the stored data and knowledge to be accessed by all parties involved in the crane selection process. It is also capable of facilitating user friendly interface. Description of the methods and current practices used for crane(s) selection for construction projects is also presented. A case example is presented, to demonstrate the effectiveness of the system.