IT-BASED CONFIGURATION AND DIMENSIONING OF CUSTOMER SPECIFIC PRODUCTS – TOWARDS A FRAMEWORK FOR IMPLEMENTING KNOWLEDGE BASED DESIGN ASSISTANT SYSTEMS
DS 68-6: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 6: Design Information and Knowledge, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
Editor: Culley, S.J.; Hicks, B.J.; McAloone, T.C.; Howard, T.J. & Chen, W.
Author: Gerhard, Detlef; Christoph, Lutz
Section: Design Information and Knowledge Management
Individual product solutions require practicable concepts and IT support for fast product configuration and design. Knowledge of possible design options and basic conditions is of great significance in the conception of this type of support. The goal is an integrated conception and implementation of knowledge based IT applications for engineering design. Despite existing methodological support from software vendors, numerous questions still arise during requirements formulation, system evaluation, system integration into existing business IT environments, the creation of knowledge bases, the implementation of pilot process tasks, or definition of rollout and operation strategies. Illustrated by a case study, this paper presents the first results of a research project that deals with the systematic examination of the aforementioned issues with the aim to develop a framework for the holistic concept and the practical implementation of knowledge-based assistant systems. The main components of the presented approach are a practical method, an assistant for the acquisition and formalization of configuration and engineering knowledge as well as a system-neutral, federated knowledge base.