A methodology for design coordination in a distributed computing environment

G. Coates, A.H.B. Duffy, R.I. Whitfield, W. Hills

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Abstract

At the conceptual stage of the design process it is increasingly common that analysis tools are involved in the evaluation of a large number of alternative designs. Designers use such analysis tools to assist with large scale concept evaluations and the prediction of good initial designs. Consequently there exists a need to coordinate these analysis tools to enable the early stage of design to be performed in a timely and efficient manner. This paper describes a generic methodology that allows the management and coordination of design analysis tools. A Computer Aided Design tool, namely the Design Coordination System (DCS), has been developed to assist the designer in performing computational analysis in a distributed computing environment. Within the DCS, a collection of design agents act as members of a multi-functional team operating in a cooperative and coordinated manner in order to satisfy the objective of efficiently performing the design analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1999
EventProceedings of 12th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED'99) - Munich, Germany
Duration: 24 Aug 199926 Aug 1999

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of 12th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED'99)
CityMunich, Germany
Period24/08/9926/08/99

Keywords

  • design coordination
  • design agents
  • distributed computing
  • design engineering

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    Coates, G., Duffy, A. H. B., Whitfield, R. I., & Hills, W. (1999). A methodology for design coordination in a distributed computing environment. Paper presented at Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED'99), Munich, Germany, .