Meeting the requirements for supporting engineering design communication – Partbook

James A Gopsill, Ben J Hicks, Hamish C McAlpine

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The Engineering Design Environment is evolving in many ways. Considerable amounts of data, information and knowledge are 'building up' within engineering companies and engineers are becoming involved in ever-more distributed collaboration activities to tackle complex multi-disciplinary challenges in the design of new products requiring the need to share knowledge. These changes are placing further challenges on Engineering Design Communication (EDC, a fundamental knowledge sharing activity) as the current methods of communication were never specifically designed to support such technical and highly-contextual communication. Much research has been performed on understanding EDC, thus enabling a list of requirements to support EDC to be generated. Therefore, this paper proposes a prescriptive tool, (PartBook) which instantiates these requirements and looks at the next steps being taken to evaluate the tool in meeting the requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDS 75-6: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13), Design for Harmonies
Subtitle of host publicationVol. 6: Design Information and Knowledge, Seoul, Korea, 19-22.08.2013
PublisherThe Design Society
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781904670490
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2013
EventInternational Conference on Engineering Design, ICED13 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 19 Aug 201322 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED)
PublisherThe Design Society
ISSN (Print)2220-4334


ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering Design, ICED13
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Communication
  • knowledge management
  • human behaviour in design
  • design informatics
  • partbook


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