What are the Characteristics of Engineering Design Processes?

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2011

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This paper studies the characteristic properties of Engineering Design (ED) processes from a process modelling perspective. In a first step, we extracted nine characteristics of engineering design processes from the literature and in a second step validated the findings using results from our survey among academic and industrial ED process modelling experts. In a third step, we added a further nine characteristics from personal experiences in the Language Engineering Domain to capture the pragmatic perspective. We arrive at a comprehensive set of 18 characteristics grouped into 6 challenges for process modelling in the engineering design domain. The challenges process modelers need to address when using and developing process modelling approaches and tools are: Development, Collaboration, Products & Services, Formality, Pragmatics, and Flexibility. We then compare the importance of elicited and suggested challenges and characteristics within engineering design with software engineering and business process modelling and discuss similarities and differences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society through Engineering Design
Number of pages600
Volume1: Design Processes
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date2011
ISBN (print)978-1-904670-21-6
StatePublished - 2011
Event18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society Through Engineering Design - Copenhagen, Denmark


Conference18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society Through Engineering Design
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  • process model, design process modelling, requirement elicitation, business process modelling, modelling, product development, design
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