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Safety by design and future developments
Author(s): Magdy Akladios; Dianne McMullin; Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan; Paul E. Becker; Michael Carr; Paul Lobo; Maryam Farmani; Andrew Decker
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Paper Abstract

With the giant leaps that technology has taken in the past few years, some professions are still largely artistic. A good example of this is the profession of design. Designers produce products that are efficient, attractive, practical, but not safe. This is because most Universities around the world fail to include safety and health issues into their curriculum. To overcome that flaw, a rule-based tool was designed to assist designers in pointing out the unsafe conditions in their designs. This tool, that utilizes expert systems technologies, took five years to reach its current version. The tool is called TEXPERT. The latest version of TEXPERT underwent a number of changes and continued growth. This year's efforts resulted in the selection of a focus area and investigations into the selection of two technologies (demolition and decontamination- D&D) by which to validate the program. Validation and expansion of the rule-base continued with an emphasis on those components necessary for D&D. Research in object-oriented prototypes, determination of report-format and approach, and development of an initial visual project builder interface were also accomplished. Latest accomplishments included the development of new components, two-way interactions, and the implementation of a maintainable component database that the user interface can use to build the current library that will be available in the menu system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4565, Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing IV, (3 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.443125
Show Author Affiliations
Magdy Akladios, West Virginia Univ. (United States)
Dianne McMullin, West Virginia Univ. (United States)
Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan, West Virginia Univ. (United States)
Paul E. Becker, West Virginia Univ. (United States)
Michael Carr, West Virginia Univ. (United States)
Paul Lobo, West Virginia Univ. (United States)
Maryam Farmani, West Virginia Univ. (United States)
Andrew Decker, West Virginia Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4565:
Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing IV
Angappa Gunasekaran; Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan, Editor(s)

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