Using Connectivity Models to Support Design Reviews

Year: 2010
Editor: Wynn, D.C.; Kreimeyer, M.; Eben, K.; Maurer, M.; Lindemann, U.; Clarkson, P.J.
Author: Ariyo, O.; Heisig, P.; Wilson, P.A.; Harnden, M.; Clarkson, P.J.
Section: Requirements, Reviews and Change Management
Page(s): 263-277


In this research, a qualitative investigation was carried out to assess the value of using connectivity models in design reviews. The study looked into the use of the model by multi-disciplinary teams during the design of rail vehicles. A variation of the connectivity model was provided to design teams as a memory aid to support their design review meetings at different stages of a design process. This research is essentially a use case scenario study of connectivity modelling in industry.
Next, the paper provides a brief discussion on the objectives and challenges of carrying out design reviews. It also describes the overall methodology adopted for conducting this research. This is followed by a description of the adaptation of connectivity models to modelling interfaces of rail vehicles. The following section describes an application of the connectivity models to design reviews.
The paper concludes with a summary of the merits observed from the study and a discussion about the challenges associated with rolling-out the approach to other areas of the organisation.

Keywords: Design Structure Matrix, Design Interface Management, Design Review


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