The path to engineering efficiency

What processes, procedures need to be changed to support efficient engineering. And in what way?
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The path to engineering efficiency

Post by Henk-Jan Scholman » 10 Mar 2017, 13:11

Moving from old fashioned 'drawing' the engineering solution to, say, model-based-engineering is quite a journey.

What would be a good roadmap? Any thoughts and comments on this?

drawing => data-engineering => model-based-engineering => knowledge-based-engineering ? (=> artificial engineering)

Where:
  • drawing: input is a functional or technical specification. Output is a drawing with sufficient information to build the solution. The process in between is dependant on the skills of the engineer: traditional craftsmanship. For a large part collecting and interpreting information and translate this to a technical solution represented by a drawing.
  • data-engineering: input is a technical specification with all data known at that point in time. Output is a drawing with sufficient information to build the solution. The process in between focusses on 'enriching' the data to a level that is sufficient to generate the output. Think of excel: in fact a 'flat' data base.
  • model-based-engineering: input is a technical specification with all data known at that point in time. Output is a drawing with sufficient information to build the solution. The process in between focusses on structuring and enriching of that data to a level that is sufficient to generate the output. Structured data helps to detect repeating patterns that can be re-used. A database offers the possibility to build to complex structure that make up a product. Think IEC81346.
  • knowledge-based-engineering: input is a functional specification. Output is a drawing with sufficient information to build the solution. The process in between is based on an automated set of engineering rules and a product structure that defines and limits the number of possible solutions. Think of a configurator that not only produces a specification (like a Volkswagen car configurator) but a detailed engineering solution.
Next thing to think about: how to get from one 'phase' to the next?


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Re: The path to engineering efficiency

Post by Henk-Jan Scholman » 16 Mar 2017, 14:30



"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change!" Wayne Dyer

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