This is a pipe/module transport configurator for Heerema Marine Contractors. It streamlines their engineering process, including analysis with their in-house rules, spreadsheets and analysis software, generation of 3D sketches in MicroStation and creation of documents for in-house quality assurance and communication with other departments and their clients.
Figure 2: Screenshot of QTRANS together with one of the spreadsheets used during the process
Quaestor is used in three ways, depending on your personal requirements and user license:
- As an application development and knowledge management platform (knowledge engineering).
- As a user platform (domain expert use).
- As a results viewer (end use).
Application / Knowledge base development
A Knowledge Engineer (KE) can store computational model fragments in a knowledge base. These fragments consist of relationships, formulas or tools with their validity, static data, descriptions, optional illustrations, properties and parameters. Since the output of one model fragment can be input for another, all components together form an undirected
network of 'rules'. This network controls the data and calculation management capabilities of the system. In addition, a KE can create a Taxonomy of a process or product. This is the blue print (or DNA) of the