The approach described in this paper provides a framework for capturing the knowledge during the curved shell plate's manufacturing, in which the knowledge is articulated in Nested Ripple Down Rules tree format. An interactive computer system has been designed that incorporates a four faceted knowledge-based framework including: (1) Virtual template system provided in the prior work (2) Raw Knowledge Interrelated Database (3) Knowledge Base and (4) Knowledge Elicitation and Dissemination. The framework provides beginning workers with the capability to quickly design a manufacturing plan about all aspects of the design process as the expert workers. The system which integrates the proposed approaches above is evaluated by conducting a series of experiments in the shipyard. The knowledge such as how to manufacturing the curved shell plate considering multiple parameters of the plate in one time is elicited by evaluating a couple of parameters' combination.
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