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Modeling the knowledge flow network for collaborative design process

Modeling the knowledge flow network for collaborative design process

Year: 2013

Editor: Udo Lindemann, Srinivasan V, Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini

Author: Zhang, Zhinan (1); Ma, Wei (1); Liu, Gang (2); Chen, Yong (1)

Series: ICED

Institution: 1: School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240; 2: Shanghai Baosteel Industry Technological Services Co., Ltd., Shanghai 201900

Pages: 301-310

ISBN: 978-1-904670-49-0

ISSN: 2220-4334

Abstract

The design and development of a complex product involves various designers with multidisciplinary knowledge. Knowledge flows between individual designers or teams play a crucial role in determining how well a design task can be performed, and hence the cost and quality of the designed product. Therefore, this paper is devoted to developing a dynamic planning approach for the modeling of a knowledge flow network. Based on the process analysis techniques from Petri Nets, it first defines the concept of a knowledge flow network. The graph based approach is then adopted to represent a knowledge flow network. A dynamic multi-matrix construction method is then developed for the analysis of the knowledge flow network. The approach is especially suitable for describing large-scale design processes involving numerous tasks, designers (or automated computer agents), resources and identifying potential knowledge flow bottlenecks.

Keywords: Knowledge flow, design activity, collaborative design, petri nets

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