Modelling practices over time: A comparison of two surveys taken 20 years apart

Marie Lise Moullec*, Jakob Maier, Stephen Cassidy, Anita F. Sommer, P. John Clarkson

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Although modelling tools are intensively used within companies, the modelling process itself is still scarcely researched. The few related works focus on the steps encompassed when developing a model, without taking into consideration the context surrounding it. Nevertheless understanding this context is crucial since this influences the modelling process in terms of objectives, available data and tools. A survey conducted among expert modellers in 1994 provided insights into this context by establishing a profile of the modeller and highlighting the qualities needed to improve modelling practice. However software, technology and businesses have evolved over twenty years, which may have impacted the modelling practice. Twenty years later, we conduct a similar survey. Comparing the results enables studying the evolution of modelling practice over time. The findings are discussed in the light of potentially impacting technological progress and provide insight for future research concerned with improving the modelling process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-420
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED
Issue numberDS 80-02
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event20th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2015 - Milan, Italy
Duration: 27 Jul 201530 Jul 2015


  • Design practice
  • Process modelling
  • Product modelling


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