DS 36: Proceedings DESIGN 2006, the 9th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Year: 2006
Editor: Marjanovic, D.
Author: Ahmed, S.
Page(s): 1041-1048


Recent research suggests that engineering designers need assistance in formulating their queries and also to understand what information is relevant for them. This paper presents an approach to prompt designers with their design queries. The method can be implemented as part of knowledge management system and the relationships are automatically extracted from documents that are indexed within the system. The distinctive features of this approach is that all the concepts are elicited from the minds of engineering designers, and the system builds up knowledge as more documents enter the system. The approach is based on an understanding obtained from a number of empirical studies and also from literature related to: 1) an understanding of how engineering designers search for information and 2) an understanding of the nature of experience in engineering design.

Keywords: queries, empirical studies, design method, ontologies


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