The Evolution of Sihwa Dam: A Formal Design Theory Perspective

Eleonora Ibragimova, Monica Pena, Mary Kathryn Thompson

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In this work, the evolution of Sihwa dam in Ansan, South Korea is analyzed using a combination of three formal design theories: Axiomatic Design Theory, TRIZ, and User Centered Design. The presence and influence of coupling, conflict, and compromise in the three stages of the dam are used to explain some of the problems associated with Lake Sihwa. Affordances for the three stages of the dam are also discussed and a progression of non-ideality in design is proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering
Number of pages8
Publication date2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventICCEE 2009 - Busan, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 28 Oct 200929 Oct 2009


ConferenceICCEE 2009
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


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