A Structural Measurement System for Engineering Design Processes

Year: 2009
Author: Kreimeyer, Matthias


To achieve a systematic and holistic analysis and improvement of an engineering design process, the thesis on “A Structural Measurement System for Engineering Design Processes” proposes a measurement system that makes use of complexity metrics to embody various patterns of the interplay of a process’ entities (e.g. tasks, documents, organizational units, etc.). These metrics are used to draw inferences about the process’ behavior (e.g. timeliness, need for communication, risks, etc.). The 52 metrics are supported by a meta-model for process modeling and a framework to select the metrics in accordance with the goals of the process analysis. The metrics embody the foundations of network theory and the management of structural complexity to generate a practice-oriented application.


To manage and improve engineering design processes in a methodical and systematic manner, an important issue that needs tackling is their analysis, interpretation and goal-oriented improvement.

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