A flexible electro-mechanical design information system

Anton H. Basson, G. Maarten Bonnema, Yang Liu

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Design information systems are of increasing importance due to globalization of product development, increasing complexity of products (in terms of product variants and range of technologies employed) and increasing emphasis on improving product development efficiency (shortening times, reducing cost, increasing performance). Current design information systems are typically applicable in a limited range of contexts. To be flexible, i.e. applicable over a wide range of contexts, design information systems have to accommodate the diversity of the design process in terms of scope, level of abstraction, level of detail, conflicting use of terminology, wide ranging procedures, multidisciplinary character, information types, etc. A flexible design information system is proposed that is based on the use of ontologies and conceptual graphs, with the result that the main data structures and, to a lesser extent, user interfaces are not affected by the introduction of new terminology, procedures and tools.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTools and Methods of Competitive Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the TMCE 2004, April 13-17, 2004, Lausanne, Switzerland
EditorsImre Horvath, Paul Xirouchakis
Place of PublicationRotterdam, Lausanne
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9059660188
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2004
Event5th International Symposium on Tools and Methods for Concurrent Engineering, TMCE 2004 - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 13 Apr 200417 Apr 2004
Conference number: 5


Conference5th International Symposium on Tools and Methods for Concurrent Engineering, TMCE 2004
Abbreviated titleTMCE
Other13-17 April 2004
Internet address


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  • METIS-220794


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