Summary: KNOWLEDGE-BASED SYSTEMS AND THE INTERNET: A FUTURE
David M. Dutton, Robert W. Amor, David P. Bloomfield
ABSTRACT: This position paper details views of the UK Building Research Establishment with
respect to future research concerning the Internet and Knowledge-Based Systems. It contains some
view-points on what the future (both near and far) may hold for the construction industry in these
areas. Discussion of these topics is presented with the intention of stimulating debate, and
promoting consideration of them as possible research directions.
KEYWORDS: Knowledge-Based Systems, Internet, Industry Knowledge Base, Case-Based
Reasoning, Machine Learning, Knowledge Discovery, Data Mining.
Information Technology (IT) encompasses many techniques, methodologies and paradigms which
have considerable potential for improving the management of information within the construction
industry. Indeed, better and increased usage of IT has been identified as a prerequisite for the
desired improvements in efficiency and quality within UK construction (Latham 1994).
Within IT there exist fields such as artificial intelligence (AI), which includes knowledge-based
systems (KBSs), and the burgeoning Internet. As tasks become ever more information- and
knowledge-laden, the requirement for intelligent decision support systems continues apace. The
continued increase in the number and size of information resources indicates that better
management of them is a necessity. Some commentators hold that the amount of data doubles every