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The paper starts with the introduction of the basic requirements of classical intrusion detection and alarm systems and fire detection systems. The drawbacks of such conventional systems are highlighted. Techniques of computer vision are employed to remove the drawbacks and at the same time...
Masonry walls constructed out of fired clay or calcium silicate bricks undergo expansion due to the presence of moisture in cement mortar, cement render and wall tiling fixatives. This movement is not permanent and after the initial period of expansion the movement is reversed due to the loss of...
This paper describes the application of a rule-based expert system shell in three subdomains of building construction ie. building design synthesis, building defects diagnosis and building contract interpretation. This study is different in that all three applications were developed concurrently...
Clay soils may swell when wetted and shrink when they dry out, hence giving rise to ground movements which, depending on their severity, can cause structural damage to buildings. Loss of moisture from soil is very much influenced by transpiration from plants which, in turn, exerts a control on...
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