Conceptual modelling of a Concurrent Engineering environment

Ziga Turk, Rainer Wasserfuhr, Peter Katranuschkov, Robert Amor, Matti Hannus, Raimar Scherer

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    Since the late 1980s it has been suggested that product modelling is the key to computer integrated engineering, which is also a prerequisite for computer assisted concurrent engineering. Later experiences have shown that product modelling alone is not sufficient and that other aspects, such as processes, documents etc. have to be modelled as well. In this paper we suggest environment modelling as an approach which integrates all kinds of construction information, such as the information about products, processes and documents. We propose an environment modelling framework which decomposes an abstract concurrent engineering environment into several modelling spaces. For practical reasons we use a two dimensional orthogonal framework decomposition. Along the first axis the framework is decomposed according to the modelling aspect (construction, information system, generic), and along the second axis according to the level of detail (neutral, aspect, application). In this paper we present the decomposition criteria, the resulting framework and some key components of the environment. Reported is the work in progress performed as part of the EU ESPRIT project ToCEE.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConcurrent Engineering in Construction CEC '97
    Subtitle of host publicationPapers presented at the 1st International Conference
    EditorsChimay J. Anumba
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherInstitution of Structural Engineers
    ISBN (Print)978-1-874266-35-8
    Publication statusPublished - 1997
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event1st International Conference on Concurrent Engineering in Construction CEC '97 - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 3 Jul 19974 Jul 1997


    Conference1st International Conference on Concurrent Engineering in Construction CEC '97
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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