Modelling the Evolution of Computer Aided Design Models: Investigating the Potential for Supporting Engineering Project Management

  • James A. GopsillEmail author
  • Chris Snider
  • Lei Shi
  • Ben J. Hicks
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 467)


The development of Computer Aided Design (CAD) models is a fundamental and distinct feature of Engineering Projects. CAD models can be considered to be the digital embodiment of the products’ design and are used to support a wide variety of tasks that span the embodiment, detail, manufacture and commissioning phases of a project. With this in mind, it is proposed that the monitoring and modelling of the edit trace behaviour of CAD files may provide additional understanding and evidence that supplements current approaches to monitor and manage engineering projects.

To explore this proposition, this paper presents results from an exploratory study that seeks to model the edit trace behaviour of CAD files based upon their meta-data attributes (for example, file size, date modified & date accessed). The edit trace behaviour has been mapped to a sigmoid function in order to be able to describe and potentially predict future behaviour. The potential impact of being able to provide this type of information to engineering project management is also discussed.


Computer Aided Design Sigmoid Prediction Evolution Edit trace behaviour Engineering project management 



The work reported in this paper has been undertaken as part of the Language of Collaborative Manufacturing Project at the University of Bath & University of Bristol, which has support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (grant reference EP/K014196/1)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James A. Gopsill
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chris Snider
    • 1
  • Lei Shi
    • 2
  • Ben J. Hicks
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of BathBathUK

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