Tracing paths and connecting multiple design domains: An information visualisation approach to product architecture modelling

Agzam Idrissov*, Pedro Parraguez Ruiz, Anja Maier

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Abstract

Visual representation of product architecture models is crucial in complex engineering systems design. However, when the number of entities in a model is large and when multiple levels of hierarchies are included, visual representations currently in use need to be more intuitive. As such, improved visual representations that enable better system overview and better communication of essential product-related information among design participants are needed. This paper uses interactive information visualisation techniques – collapsible hierarchical tree, edge bundling and alluvial diagram – and provides the foundations of a computerised tool that improves the traceability of connections between design domains, including stakeholders, requirements, functions, behaviours and structure. The case of a cleaning robot is used as an illustrative example. The approach supports designers by providing an enhanced overview during the development of complex product architecture models, in particular in the communication with external stakeholders, in the identification of change propagation paths across several design domains, and in capturing the design rationale of previous design decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication date2019
Pages3021-3030
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19) - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Aug 20198 Aug 2019

Conference

Conference22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period05/08/201908/08/2019
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design
NumberDS94
ISSN2220-4342

Keywords

  • Visualisation
  • Product architecture
  • Product modelling / models
  • Large-scale engineering systems
  • Requirements

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