Intelligent retrieval system for conditions of contract documents in construction

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Construction Management

First Advisor's Name

Ayman Morad

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Irtishad Ahmad

Third Advisor's Name

Jose D. Mitrani

Fourth Advisor's Name

Fang Zhao


Construction industry, Management, Data processing, Construction contracts, Information storage and retrieval systems

Date of Defense



The outcome of this research is an Intelligent Retrieval System for Conditions of Contract Documents. The objective of the research is to improve the method of retrieving data from a computer version of a construction Conditions of Contract document. SmartDoc, a prototype computer system has been developed for this purpose. The system provides recommendations to aid the user in the process of retrieving clauses from the construction Conditions of Contract document. The prototype system integrates two computer technologies: hypermedia and expert systems. Hypermedia is utilized to provide a dynamic way for retrieving data from the document. Expert systems technology is utilized to build a set of rules that activate the recommendations to aid the user during the process of retrieval of clauses. The rules are based on experts knowledge. The prototype system helps the user retrieve related clauses that are not explicitly cross-referenced but, according to expert experience, are relevant to the topic that the user is interested in.



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