Publications / 2004 Proceedings of the 21st ISARC, Jeju, South Korea

A Web Agent for Conceptual Cost Estimation of Highway Construction Projects

Wen-der Yu, Jia-wei Fu

Accurate cost estimation in the early stage of project lifecycle is essential for both effective financial planning and cost control of construction projects. Previous efforts by the research team have developed a Web-based Intelligent Cost Estimator (WICE) system. This paper describes a further step of WICE research to develop a special-purpose web agent for various highway construction project participants to utilize WICE. The proposed system has shown improvement on the usability of WICE so that even users without estimation knowledge can utilize the functions provided by WICE.

Keywords: Web agent; Neuro-fuzzy; Conceptual estimation; Highway construction; WICE