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Automatic design structure matrices: A comparison of two formula student projects

Automatic design structure matrices: A comparison of two formula student projects

Year: 2017

Section: Design Information and Knowledge

Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos

Author: Gopsill, James (1); Snider, Chris (1); Emanuel, Lia (2); Joel-Edgar, Sian (2); Hicks, Ben (1)

Series: ICED

Institution: 1: University of Bristol, United Kingdom; 2: University of Bath, United Kingdom

Section: Design Information and Knowledge

Pages: 031-040

ISBN: 978-1-904670-94-0

ISSN: 2220-4342

Abstract

Design Structure Matrices have become a fundamental tool to support engineers in their handling and management of interactions across product & organisational architectures. Recent work in the field has exploited the opportunity afforded by Product Lifecycle Management systems, which capture the digital footprint of engineering projects to generate Design Structure Matrices in real-time through the co-occurrence of edits to product models. Given the systematic and more objective nature of the generation of these DSMs as well as being able to monitor their evolution throughout engineering projects, there now lies an opportunity in comparing projects/products using DSMs. To investigate this and the potential insights that could be generated, this paper presents the automatic generation of DSMs for two Formula Student projects. These have then been compared with respect to the end-of-project, change propagation characteristics and evolution of the DSMs. From this analysis, six insights have been generated that map the characteristics of the DSMs to the performance of the project/product and highlights the potential of automatic DSMs to further support engineering project management.

Keywords: Design management, Design Structure Matrices, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Product architecture, Project management

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