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Transdisciplinary (TD) working offers the potential to bring together potentially disparate elements of engineering projects permitting them to concomitantly be addressed on empirical, pragmatic, normative and purposive levels. Whilst the importance and potential benefits of working in this manner are widely accepted, a key inhibitor to the adoption and embedding of TD working in practice is the variety and diversity of design tools employed and their relative levels of ability to support TD working. To explore what can be thought of as the enabling or inhibiting roles of design tools, this paper appraises common design tools and classifies them according to the level of transdisciplinary working that they permit. This is achieved by considering the capturable level of design rationale for each design tool as per Jantsch and contextualising each within the design process. The discussion considers how these findings are reflected in practice and how chains of particular tools could be employed to support TD working across the different phases of the design process. In total 41 tools are appraised with 6 acting as enablers of interdisciplinary working but none identified as truly TD. Most notably, a much greater proportion of TD enabling design tools are available to support the early phases of design. Further work might consider how education can be used to ensure effective use of current design tools and how knowledge transfer can and should be, applied to enable use of TD tool chains in industry.
|Title of host publication||Transdisciplinary Engineering for Complex Socio-Technical Systems - Real-Life Applications - Proceedings of the 27th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering|
|Editors||Jerzy Pokojski, Maciej Gil, Linda Newnes, Josip Stjepandic, Nel Wognum|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Sep 2020|
|Event||27th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, TE 2020 - Virtual, Online, Poland|
Duration: 1 Jul 2020 → 10 Jul 2020
|Name||Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering|
|Conference||27th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, TE 2020|
|Period||1/07/20 → 10/07/20|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The work reported in this paper has been undertaken as part of the Designing the Future: Resilient Trans-Disciplinary Design Engineers project which is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), grant reference EP/R013179/1.
© 2020 The authors and IOS Press.
Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
- Design Methods
- Design Tools
- Transdisciplinary Engineering