Emergency management in an expert system : geographic information system framework

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Emergency management in an expert system : geographic information system framework


Author: Luk, Chiu-ming
Title: Emergency management in an expert system : geographic information system framework
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1995
Subject: Emergency management -- China -- Hong Kong
Expert systems (Computer science) -- China -- Hong Kong
Geographic information systems
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Pages: vi, 122 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1205021
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/161
Abstract: Emergencies are life-or-death situations demanding swift actions in order to save precious lives and to minimize the loss of property damages. This dissertation is a literature review on the theme of emergency management with technology. The dual technologies of expert system and geographic information system are found to be extremely useful in handling emergencies, either individually or used in combination. The dissertation establishes a framework to organize once diverse developments of both technologies into a possible coalescence for handling emergency situations. As a concrete example of a knowledge-based spatial decision support system, a hypothetical case on the design of a monitoring system for hillside fires danger over Tsing Yi Island is presented. The choice of Tsing Yi is the close proximity of potential hazardous installations (e.g. oil tanks and chemical plants) to residential clusters on the island. Any ignition of those complexes would be catastrophic. The design involves consideration of spatial factors best dealt with a geographic information system. After the construction of a knowledge base for the expert system component of the system, the end result will be suggestions on whether an evacuation plan should be carried out. The dissertation ends with a critical discussion on the validity of linking the two technologies together for emergency management, both at theoretical and applied levels.

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