Interrelations between processes, methods, and tools in collaborative design - A framework

DS 87-8 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 8: Human Behaviour in Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Bavendiek, Ann-Kathrin; Inkermann, David; Vietor, Thomas
Series: ICED
Institution: Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
Section: Human Behaviour in Design
Page(s): 349-358
ISBN: 978-1-904670-96-4
ISSN: 2220-4342


Handling the increasing complexity of modern products like mechatronic systems requires knowledge from different disciplines. Engineers are called to collaborate across companies and disciplines in order to acquire the knowledge needed. However, collaborative design is an established way of product development in practice, there is an increasing need to describe and understand the challenges between processes, methods, and tools as well as the persons involved. We propose an overall framework containing an explanation model and a concept to support the application of methods and communication. The explanation model comprises three views namely process, personal, and technical-methodical view to describe the elements within collaborative design in detail and give insights for the interrelations between the views. The purpose of the model is to analyze collaborations to plan and implement new methods and tools as well as changes in corresponding processes. Based on a detailed description of the single views and prior research on interrelations between personal, process and technical-methodical view, an overall framework and a detailing explanation model are introduced.

Keywords: Collaborative design, Design methods, Process modelling, Communication technologies


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