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CSA / ASCE Civil Engineering Abstracts

CSA / ASCE Civil Engineering Abstracts provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the serials literature in civil engineering and its complementary fields, including forensic engineering, management and marketing of engineering services, engineering education, theoretical mechanics and dynamics, and mathematics and computation. This database provides comprehensive international coverage as well as numerous non-serial publications. Many of the more recent records in the database include fields containing cited references, corresponding author's e-mail address, and publisher contact information.

Sources covered include over 3,000 periodicals, conference proceedings, technical reports, trade journal/newsletter items, patents, books, and press releases.

Subject Coverage
    Major areas of coverage include:
    • Buildings, towers, and tanks
    • Bridges and tunnels
    • Coastal and offshore structures
    • Construction materials selection
    • Design and properties of substructures
    • Geotechnical engineering
    • Seismic engineering
    • Pollution, conservation, and health management
    • Waste management
    • Storm water management and flood analysis
    • Surface and groundwater hydrology
    • Land development, irrigation, and drainage
    • Site remediation and reclamation
    • Civil engineering for water, electric, petroleum, and gas utilities
    • Civil engineering for highways and roads
    • Civil engineering for railways and mass transit
    • Civil engineering for waterways
    • Civil engineering for air and space transportation
    • Surveying, satellite communications, topography, and cartography
    • Theoretical mechanics and dynamics
    • Mathematics and computation
    • Forensic engineering
    • Management, marketing, and education
Dates of Coverage
    Approximately 1966-current. The oldest record in the database has a publication date of 1887; about 50% of its records have publication dates of 1989 or later.
Update Frequency
    Once a month. Approximately 40,000 new records are added per year.
    Over 0 records as of May 2013
    The database is indexed using a master authority file of about 40,000 controlled-vocabulary terms. Older records in this database were indexed using a file-specific thesaurus; this thesaurus has now been incorporated into the master authority file.
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Sample Record
    TI: Title
    Integration of heuristic knowledge with analytical tools for the selection of flood damage reduction measures.
    AU: Author
    Ahmad, S; Simonovic, S P
    AF: Author Affiliation
    The University of Manitoba; University of Western Ontario
    EA: Email Address
    SO: Source
    Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 208-221, Apr. 2001
    IS: ISSN
    PB: Publisher
    National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0R6, Canada
    AB: Abstract
    Heuristic knowledge has been integrated with analytical tools to support decision making for flood management. Development of an expert system called Intelligent Flood Management System for the selection of appropriate flood damage reduction measures for a given area is described. The selection of flood damage reduction measures is based on hydraulic, hydrological, geotechnical, environmental, and economic factors related to the river system and the area to be protected from floods. The knowledge base of the Intelligent Flood Management System is generic and can be used to identify a suitable flood management option for any area. The model base of the Intelligent Flood Management System consists of the hydraulic analysis package HEC-RAS, the flood damage analysis program HEC-FDA, and a model for economic analysis. The graphical user interface is developed for effective communication with the system. The developed system has been implemented to identify appropriate flood damage reduction options for the town of Ste. Agathe in Manitoba, Canada using data from 1997 flood in the Red River Basin.
    IL: Illustrations
    Graphs; Maps
    NR: Number of References
    LA: Language
    PY: Publication Year
    PT: Publication Type
    Journal article
    JC: Journal Coverage
    DE: Decriptors
    Floods; Flood management; Damage; Mathematical models; Hydraulics; Expert systems; River basins; Graphical user interfaces; Rivers; Economic analysis; Civil engineering; Geotechnics
    CL: Classification
    33 Storm Water Management and Flood Analysis
    RE: References
    1. Arumugam, N; Mohan, S (1997) Integrated decision support system for tank irrigation system operation. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. Vol.123, no.5, pp.266-273
    2. Bender, M; Simonovic, S P (1994) Decision-support system for long-range stream flow forecasting. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Vol.8, no.1, pp.20-34
    3. Chang, T J; Kleopa, X A; Teoh, C B (1996) Development of an expert system for daily drought monitoring. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Vol.10, no.1, pp.20-24
    4. Cimflex Teknowledge Corporation. 1991. M.4 User Guide. Cimflex Teknowledge Corporation, Calif
    5. Davis, J R; Nanninga, P M; Biggins, John; Laut, P (1991) Prototype decision support system for analyzing impact of catchment policies. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. Vol.117, no.4, pp.399-414
    6. DeGagne, M P; Douglas, G G; Hudson, H R; Simonovic, S P (1996) A decision support system for the analysis and use of stage-discharge rating curves. Journal of Hydrology. Vol.184, no.3-4, pp.225-241
    7. Engel, B A; Beasley, D B (1991) DSS: dam site selector expert system for education. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. Vol.117, no.5, pp.774-782
    8. Evans, T A; Djokic, D; Maidment, D R (1993) Development and application of expert geographic information system. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Vol.7, no.3, pp.339-353
    9. International Joint Commission. 1997. Red river flooding, short term measures: interim report of the International Red River Basin Task Force to the International Joint Commission, Ottawa. International Joint Commission, Washington, D.C
    10. KGS (Kontzamanis Graumann Smith Macmillan Inc.). 2000. Red river basin stage damage curves update and preparation of flood damage maps: report submitted to International Joint Commission, Ottawa. International Joint Commission, Washington, D.C
    11. Leon, C; Martin, S; Elena, J M; Luque, J (2000) EXPLORE-hybrid expert system for water networks management. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. Vol.126, no.2, pp.65-74 [Cited By 2]
    12. Masri, A; Moore, J E (1995) Integrated planning information systems: disaster planning analysis. Journal of Urban Planning and Development. Vol.121, no.1, pp.19-39
    13. McKinney, D C; Maidment, D R; Tanriverdi, M (1993) Expert geographic information system for Texas water planning. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. Vol.119, no.2, pp.170-183
    14. McBean, E A; Gorrie, J; Fortin, M; Ding, J; Moulton, R (1988) Flood depth-damage curves by interview survey. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. Vol.114, no.6, pp.613-634
    15. Mohammadabad, S H; Riordan, D (2000) Small hydropower advisor: application and user perspective. Journal of Energy Engineering. Vol.126, no.2, pp.83-93
    16. Palmer, R N (1987) Expert system for drought management planning. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Vol.1, no.4, pp.284-297
    17. Raman, H; Mohan, S; Rangacharya, N C V (1992) Decision support system for crop planning during droughts. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. Vol.118, no.2, pp.229-241
    18. Royal Commission 1958. Report of the royal commission on flood cost benefit. Winnipeg, Man
    19. Shepherd, A; Ortolano, L (1996) Water-supply system operations: critiquing expert-system approach. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. Vol.122, no.5, pp.348-355 [Cited By 2]
    20. Simonovic, S P; Savic, D A (1989) Intelligent decision support and reservoir management and operations. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Vol.3, no.4, pp.367-385
    21. Simonovic, S P (1992) Reservoir systems analysis: closing gap between theory and practice. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. Vol.118, no.3, pp.262-280
    22. Simonovic, S P (1996) Decision support systems for sustainable management of water resources, I. general principles. Water International. Vol.21, no.4, pp.223-232
    23. Simonovic, S P (1996) Decision support systems for sustainable management of water resources, 2. case studies. Water International. Vol.21, no.4, pp.233-244
    24. Simonovic, S P; Bender, M J (1996) Collaborative planning-support system: an approach for determining evaluation criteria. Journal of Hydrology. Vol.177, no.3-4, pp.237-251
    25. United States Army Corps of Engineers. 1998a. HEC-RAS: river analysis system, Reference Manual, CPD-69, Hydrologic Engineering Center, Davis, Calif
    26. United States Army Corps of Engineers. 1998b. HEC-FDA: flood damage reduction analysis, User's Manual, CPD-72, Hydrologic Engineering Center, Davis, Calif
    27. Wurbs, R A (1996) Optimal sizing of flood damage reduction measures based on economic efficiency. International Journal of Water Resources Development. Vol.12, no.1, pp.5-16
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    AB = Abstract KW = Keyword
    AF = Author Affiliation
    LA = Language
    AN = Accession Number NR = Number of References
    AU = Author PB = Publisher
    CL = Classification
    PT = Publication Type
    DE = Descriptors
    PY = Publication Year
    EA = Email Address RE = References
    IL = Illustrations SO = Source
    IS = ISSN TI = Title
    JC = Journal Coverage UD = Update

    Journal Coverage, JC=
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    This field is provided more for informational purposes rather than for searching. It indicates how many references, ie, cited references, are in the bibliography of the source document. Many older records have a number in this field, but do not have any cited references displayed, because these records were created prior to the decision to begin capturing such references. Occasionally, the number in this field exceeds the number of cited references displayed, because only references in the Roman alphabet have been captured.