Engineering with Computers

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 178–194

A Model for the Flow of Design Information in Product Development

  • S. B. Shooter
  • W. T. Keirouz
  • S. Szykman
  • S. J. Fenves
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s003660070004

Cite this article as:
Shooter, S.B., Keirouz, W.T., Szykman, S. et al. EWC (2000) 16: 178. doi:10.1007/s003660070004

Abstract

The complexity of modern products and design tools has made the exchange of design information more complex. It is widely recognised that the seamless capture, storage, and retrieval of design information is one of the major challenges for the next generation of computer aided design tools. This paper presents a model for the flow of design information that is sufficiently formal to eventually support a semantics-based approach for developing information exchange standards. The model classifies design information into various types, organises these types into information states and levels of abstraction, and identifies the various transformations that operate within and between the information states. The model’s ability to support a variety of design process models is illustrated by applying it to the Systems Integration of Manufacturing Applications (SIMA) design process model, and the model is then applied to a design example.

Keywords:Engineering design; Information modelling; Product and process models

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. B. Shooter
    • 1
  • W. T. Keirouz
    • 2
  • S. Szykman
    • 3
  • S. J. Fenves
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, USAUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science, Lebanese American University, New York, NY, USAUSA
  3. 3.National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USAUSA