Main Article Content


A prototype for an expert system in road construction material selection system, which is based on the outcomes of Friedman and multiple comparisons statistical methods was developed. The outcomes were acquired through questionnaires from selected pavement experts. The factors affecting pavement materials under each particular site condition were incorporated into the specific rules of the system. The system knowledge-base was extracted from the statistical testing outcomes and then rearranged and compiled prior to the development of the system. Visual Basic 6.0 was adopted as the programming tool for development of the system, while the knowledge-base of the separate system was kept in Microsoft Access 2000. The prototype expert system can be used to emulate part of the professional reasoning capabilities based on the knowledge of a pavement expert or a specialist to solve problems on materials selection. The system can help road designers to improve their professional ability to evaluate all available materials even before carrying out any laboratory tests.


Material selection Expert system Pavement Road construction

Article Details

How to Cite
Hassim, S., Teh, K., Muniandy, R., Omar, H., & Hassan, A. (2007). A Prototype Expert System for the Selection of Road Construction Materials. The Journal of Engineering Research [TJER], 4(1), 1–10.


  1. Deitel, H.M., Deitel, P.J. and Nieto, T.R., 1999, "Visual Basic 6: How to Program," New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  2. Emby, J. and Mustafa, M.S., 1996, "The Quality of Asphaltic Concrete Mixes in Malaysia," Proceeding of the Second Malaysia Road Conference, 2nd MRC Malaysian Road Conference.
  3. Goh, A.T.C., 1993, "Advisory Expert System for Flexible Pavement Design," Artificial Intelligent in Engineering 0954 - 1810/93/506.00, Vol. 8, pp. 47 - 56. Elsevier Science Publishers Ltd.
  4. Harun, M.H., 1992, "The Performance of Various Bitumen Modifiers on Climbing Lanes," JKR, Mesyuarat Penolong Pengarah Jalan 3/92. Kuala
  5. Lumpur: Public Work Department.
  6. Huang, Y.H., 1993, "Pavement Analysis and Design," New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.
  7. JKR, 1986, "A Guide On Geometric Design of Roads," Arahan Teknik (Jalan) 8/86. Kuala Lumpur: Public Work Department.
  8. Lay, M.G., 1990, "Transportation Studies Volume 8," Handbook of Road Technology (2nd ed.) Vol. 1, Planning and Pavements.
  9. Muniandy, R., Vasudevan, J. and Omar, H., 2002, "Laboratory Evaluation of Malaysian Cellulose Oil Palm Fiber for use in Stne Mastic Asphalt Mixes," International Journal of Pavements, Vol. 1(3), pp. 13 - 21.
  10. Omar, H., 200, "Development of Expert Systems," Qualifying Exam, UPM, Seri Kembangan.