Development “Planright”: A Knowledge-Based Expert System Program as a Tool for Decisions Support for Planning Construction Projects
The development of advanced computer technologies has provided opportunities for the rethinking of engineering, procurement and constructing of major transit investments processes across the project life cycle. The aim of this research project is to develop a theoretical framework for measuring the impact of decisions and undertaking “what-if” analyses with a view to accurately forecasting the project time and out-turn costs, risks and constructability of competing design and investments methods.When fully developed, the proposed expert system will be an invaluable transit-planning tool. PLANRIGHT will focus on the development of operational plans for different conditions of large transit project environments and will have the capability to perform different “what-if” planning scenarios in order to evaluate alternative transit strategies. PLANRIGHT will also have the capability to provide top management of transit firms with relevant information for making decisions regarding the planning and organizing of transit planning activities within the firm. PLANRIGHT’s applications can also be extended to other problem areas in transit management.
Keywords: Knowledge Based Systems, Expert Systems, Planning Large Transit Projects, Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Jacob Oluwoye
Professor, Department of Community Planning and Urban Studies
Dr.Oluwoye's previous publications and current research focus on the use of Applied Quantitative and Qualitative in Environmental Design and Management including Intelligent Transport Systems.
Dr.Oluwoye has a Diploma in Cartography&Remote sensing from Briar Cliff College, NY.USA. BSc in Urban and Regional Planning with minor in Estate Management from University of Wisconsin-Madison,USA., Master in City Planning from Howard University,Washington D.C., and Ph.D.in Traffic and Transportation Planning from the University of New South Wales,Australia.
He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport, the American Planning Association, the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners, the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia, the Australian Institute of Traffic and Management, and also the World Congress on Transport Research.