AN AGENT-BASED APPROACH TO SUPPORT PLANNING FOR CHANGE DURING EARLY DESIGN
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Marco Cantamessa, Gaetano Cascini, Dorian Marjanovic, Francesca Montagna
Author: Fernandes, João; Henriques, Elsa; Silva, Arlindo; Pimentel, César
Institution: Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Section: Design Organisation and Management
Early design is the most dynamic and unpredictable stage of complex design processes, since it involves a great deal of uncertainty, collaborative iteration and adaptive organizational behaviour. This paper argues that current activity-based modelling approaches have limited ability to capture the dynamics of early design and explores novel modelling approaches to support planning during this stage. The development of an Agent Model for Planning and rEsearch of eaRly dEsign (AMPERE) aiming to support early design planning is described. The initial results from agent-based simulations are presented reporting an investigation to the likely effects of requirements change in global design process performance.