The engineering management of housing subsidence cases is an important field of work for many UK engineers, and remains of enduring interest to householders, insurers and other parties involved in the construction and maintenance of residential buildings. There are often difficulties in the diagnosis and repair of buildings subject to subsidence damage due to several factors, including the complex interaction between the various causative agents, the lack of a systematic investigation procedure, and the large number of available courses of remedial action. In many cases, inaccurate diagnosis of the subsidence problem has resulted in expensive remedial measures which are either unnecessary or inappropriate and fail to arrest the movement. This paper reviews the management of subsidence cases and describes the development of a knowledgebased system intended to improve existing procedures by ensuring greater accuracy, consistency and effectiveness of the management regime adopted by engineers. The system addresses three key aspects of the management procedure initial diagnosis, choice of an appropriate course of investigations, and the specification of effective remedial measures. The benefits of the knowledgebased system are contained in the concluding section of the paper.
Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 1, 1996