The Explainer and its use in engineering
Editor: Onishi, M.; Maurer, M.; Kirner, K.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Steward, D. V.
Institution: Problematics LLC, USA
Section: Applications of DSM Methodology
The Explainer method and program can be used for solving problems that are more complex than
people can deal with without such help. It could be used as a social network in which people can
collaborate to solve complex problems.
It can be used in engineering to make emergency management plans, to do fault analysis, and perhaps
to develop designs by having it explain how to meet the requirement specifications using cause-andeffect
statements that describe the likely components..
A preliminary program has been developed to demonstrate its capabilities. More work on the program
and its applications to engineering remain to be done.
Keywords: DSM, Explainer, logic, mechanisms, cause-and-effect circuits, social networks, explaining cause of behaviours, producing behaviours, fault analysis, emergency management, design to requirements specifications, risk management, autonomous management