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Crowther, Paul 1990 , 'Expert systems for multiple uses', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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It should be possible to build expert systems which are capable of serving more than
one purpose. Experts apply their knowledge in more than one way, for example they
diagnose, they administer, they train, they schedule and they design using the
expertise they have built up. Likewise it should be possible to build an expert
system which can be used for more than a single task. The purpose of this study was
to identify a problem domain where this could be done, pick an appropriate
development methodology and build such an expert system.
The system which was finally chosen as a candidate for development was the
evaporator section of the chemical recovery process at Associated Pulp and Paper
Mills pulp mill at Burnie. The system was initially built using knowledge about
fault diagnosis but with the aim of using it as part of the operator training process.
The third purpose was to optimise the maintenance cycle and hence reduce down
times of all or part of the evaporator process by investigating key features at set
intervals. Fast prototyping was used for the development of the system with
knowledge being obtained via interview with multiple experts, operators' manuals,
trouble shooting guides and evaporator log sheets.
The system was developed on a cheap micro-computer based shell. It is operational
and is currently being used as a fault diagnosis assistant and for training.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Crowther, Paul
Keywords: Expert systems (Computer science)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 64-65). Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Tasmania, 1992

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