In the old days, the design and production of a new product were a oneman's job. Consequently, decisions taken during design and production were inherently integrated and tuned to each other. Current design and production processes, however, involve many individuals from various disciplines. It is a major problem to integrate the decisions made by these individuals, especially if the members of the design team are in different locations or even in different enterprises [Cutkosky et al.]. In addition, as can be observed in practical situations, changes to a design description are often made in isolation by the various members of a design and production team.
Chemical process design is the activity in which ways are searched for creating new material wealth, by production of new materials or by upgrading the value of existing ones (Douglas, 1988). The complexity of the physical phenomena that must be understood and controlled for this purpose, as well as external constraints posed on the design process (e.g.
This paper presents an introduction to a model of a collaborative working environment which supports distributed team argumentation, negotiation, consensus building and rationalecapture. Based on a natural model of team deliberation, this model is the basis for the development of a system which enables team support and the capture of the design rationale in value added activities. The consensus model is the result of over fifteen years of studying and modeling design engineers by the authors and the integration of research results from the fields of negotiation and argumentation modeling, design rationale capture, decision theoretics, and engineering best practices.
You may recall from previous articles that Autodesk has been fairly active in the realm of generative design. Autodesk's cloud-based Generative Design service is now available to users of Autodesk's flagship Fusion 360 Ultimate software. What first started as a Skunkworks-esque project known as Project Dreamcatcher deep in the Autodesk labs has evolved into the commercial version of Generative Design. The service gives engineers the power of cloud-based simulation and design, meaning that designers are no longer constrained to the old ways of doing things and instead are free to explore designs that were hitherto impossible. Let's just recap what Autodesk's Generative Design service is, and what it means for designers.