Structuring and Contextualizing Historical Data for Decision Making in Early Development

K. V. Sigsgaard*, J. K. Agergaard, C. A. Bertram, N. H. Mortensen, I. Soleymani, W. Khalid, K. B. Hansen, G. O. Mueller

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It is important to be able to compare and evaluate different solutions early in development. This paper proposes a method for structuring historical data into a data model that can support the evaluation of new design concepts. The data is contextualized by linking it to a hierarchical decomposition of existing products. Two case studies were conducted to evaluate the value of using historical data when evaluating new concepts. The cases confirm that the proposed method is useful for evaluation of new concepts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Design Society: DESIGN Conference
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventDesign 2020 - Cavtat, Croatia
Duration: 26 Oct 202029 Oct 2020


ConferenceDesign 2020
SeriesThe DESIGN Conference

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  • Big data analysis
  • Design analysis
  • Systematic approach


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