22 Using design structure matrices in visualising design processes

Elias August*, Claudia Eckert, P. John Clarkson

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The binary design structure matrix (DSM) was introduced as a graphical information tool to visualise engineering design processes. Numerical DSMs, which provide designers with extra information, followed. To capture the design process of complex products as in the aerospace, automobile, and telecommunication industries, it is necessary to deal with very large DSMs. The aim of this chapter is to present different types of DSMs and their alternatives; to discuss their advantages and disadvantages; and to discuss the restrictions of numerical DSMs, when used as visual rather than computational tools. A way of handling large DSMs by zooming and hierarchical structuring is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-317
Number of pages13
JournalStudies in Multidisciplinarity
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


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