A Balanced Theoretical and Empirical Approach for the Development of a Design Support Tool

Thomas Aakjær Jensen, Claus Thorp Hansen

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    The introduction of a new design support system may change the engineering designer's work situation. Therefore, it may not be possible to derive all the functionalities for a design support system from solely empirical studies of manual design work. Alternatively the design support system could be based on a assertion with a theoretical foundation, which then is verified through empirical studies. However, to develop a design support system, there is a need for a balanced theoretical and empirical approach.This paper presents the results from the first steps in the development of a design support system, indicating a proposal for how to balance a theoretical and empirical approach. The result of this research will be utilized in the development of a Designer's Workbench to support the synthesis activity in mechanical design.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of NordDesign ´96
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherHelsinki University of Technology
    Publication date1996
    Publication statusPublished - 1996
    EventNordDesign '96 - Espo, Finland
    Duration: 1 Jan 1996 → …


    ConferenceNordDesign '96
    Period01/01/1996 → …

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