MODELLING PRACTICES OVER TIME: A COMPARISON OF TWO SURVEYS TAKEN 20 YEARS APART
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Marco Cantamessa, Gaetano Cascini, Dorian Marjanovic, Srinivasan Venkataraman
Author: Moullec, Marie-Lise; Maier, Jakob; Cassidy, Stephen; Sommer, Anita F.; Clarkson, P. John
Institution: 1: University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; 2: BT Research Labs, United Kingdom
Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology, Design Processes
Although modelling tools are intensively used within companies, the modelling process itself is still scarcely researched. The few related works focus on the steps encompassed when developing a model, without taking into consideration the context surrounding it. Nevertheless understanding this context is crucial since this influences the modelling process in terms of objectives, available data and tools. A survey conducted among expert modellers in 1994 provided insights into this context by establishing a profile of the modeller and highlighting the qualities needed to improve modelling practice. However software, technology and businesses have evolved over twenty years, which may have impacted the modelling practice. Twenty years later, we conduct a similar survey. Comparing the results enables studying the evolution of modelling practice over time. The findings are discussed in the light of potentially impacting technological progress and provide insight for future research concerned with improving the modelling process.