Case studies of coordination activities and problems in collaborative design

  title={Case studies of coordination activities and problems in collaborative design},
  author={Robert A. Crabtree and Mark S. Fox and Nirmal K. Baid},
  journal={Research in Engineering Design},
The design and engineering of large, complex electromechanical artifacts for use in space requires the integration of many engineering groups, spread across the components of the artifact and across the customer and suppliers. And within each engineering group there is a need to integrate the many diverse skills required, such as electrical, mechanical, thermal, software and materials. This paper describes the results of a study conducted from the Summer of1992 through the Fall of1993 at a… 

Mapping the product development process to IT solutions through use models

This thesis explores the role of IT, specifically software tools, in improving the product development process through a framework that better represents and captures design knowledge.


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A framework relating producibility problems to the use of manufacturing information in design

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Understanding of knowledge generation during design process in industry

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Collaborative glitches in Design chain : case study of an unsuccessful product development with a supplier.

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Agile methodologies applied to Integrated Concurrent Engineering for spacecraft design

The general aspects of the proposed method are presented and applied to the design of a space mission, the results being analysed and compared with to the classical CE process in order to outline its differences and similarities with CE and Agile methodologies and show its potential for a new environment for space project design.

Distributed team design in small- and medium-sized enterprises: How to get it right

A strategy for effective distributed team design encapsulating these processes methods and tools developed and implemented within the company to achieve this success is presented and could be adopted by other SMEs directly to achieve the same success.

A set of nine principles for distributed-design information storing

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Coordination in Design Teams as a Lens to Identifying Team Roles

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The Role of a Group-Centered Approach in the Development of Computer-Supported Collaborative Design Technologies

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Team communication in complex projects

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Concurrent engineering: practices and prospects

  • J. P. PennellR. I. Winner
  • Business
    IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, 1989, and Exhibition. 'Communications Technology for the 1990s and Beyond
  • 1989
The authors describe the investigation of concurrent engineering, present highlights of the evidence, and set forth the principal findings and recommendations.

Acquiring design knowledge through design decision justification

  • A. C. GarciaH. Howard
  • Computer Science
    Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing
  • 1992
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Design versions in a distributed CAD environment

  • A. BilirisH. Zhao
  • Computer Science
    Eighth Annual International Phoenix Conference on Computers and Communications. 1989 Conference Proceedings
  • 1989
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