Describing information use in engineering design processes using a diagrammatic model

Khadidja Grebici*, David C. Wynn, P. John Clarkson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Methods and tools to support engineering design should be based on an understanding of how it is conducted in practice and how information is used in the design process. The development of better tools and methods could thus be facilitated by a better understanding of information use in design practice. This paper explores how information use in design could be captured in-situ by process participants using a diagrammatic node-link modelling tool. Through literature review we synthesise a 'language' of concepts which we propose can be used by designers to describe information use in their work. The language contains classes for describing concepts in the product, process, specification and rationale domains. It is implemented in a diagrammatic modelling tool, which we illustrate by application to describe a design process fragment as conducted in a UK manufacturing company. We argue that studying the models designers create using this tool could provide insights into information use in practice and thereby support development of better design process support approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDS 58-1
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design
Pages571-582
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 09 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 24 Aug 200927 Aug 2009

Publication series

NameDS 58-1: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design
Volume1

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 09
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period24/08/0927/08/09

Keywords

  • Design information use
  • Design methods/approaches
  • Integrated model

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