William J. Ion

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The use of technology with engineering design students is well established, with shared workspaces being particularly supportive of the collaborative design process. This paper reports on a study where a design knowledge framework involving three learning loops was used to analyse the effectiveness of shared workspaces and digital repositories in supporting(More)
Distributed design teams place a far heavier reliance on communication and collaboration than conventional collocated teams and as a consequence require design team members to acquire and develop an enhanced collaborative skill set. Given that distributed design teams are likely to remain as a dominant feature of product development for the foreseeable(More)
The Department of Design Manufacturing and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, has been developing a digital library to support design engineering student learning through the Digital Libraries for Global Distributed Innovative Design Education and Teamwork project ( http://www.didet.ac.uk , December, 2007). Previous(More)
This paper describes a previously unreported application of virtual environments – the prediction of product aesthetic quality. Successful prediction of aesthetic quality without the production of a physical prototype requires the integration of a number of 'software' models: an assembly model representing the manner in which the product is put together; an(More)
The effective implementation of workflow system in manufacture enterprises enables the enterprises to achieve the benefits associated with the integration, automation and management of their business process. But the conventional workflow model based approach hinders the change of workflow logic flexibly. These approaches face difficulties in satisfying the(More)
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