Towards Identifying Patterns in Engineering Documents to Aid Project Planning

Lei Shi, James A Gopsill, Chris Snider, Simon Jones, Linda B Newnes, Steve Culley

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The increasing complexity of current engineering projects causes uncertainty for project execution, and creates challenges for project design and management. To attempt to reuse the information of previously completed projects for current project planning, this paper introduces the definition of the “Engineering Document Pattern” (EDP), and proposes some EDP identification methods. EDP is really a form of knowledge and activity representation and as an approach is suitable for representing large scale projects, and can potentially be used to help decision makers understand the initial requirements and potential risks of current projects. The experimental study evaluates the EDP identification methods by analysing and profile some completed In-Service design repair reports, and the result shows the identified EDPs accurately represent the report-related project characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDS 77: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2014 13th International Design Conference
Subtitle of host publicationDesign Information and Knowledge
EditorsMarjanovic Dorian, Storga Mario, Pavkovic Neven, Bojcetic Nenad
PublisherThe Design Society
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Design Conference (DESIGN)
PublisherThe Design Society
ISSN (Print)1847-9073


  • engineering document pattern
  • project planning
  • pattern identification
  • knowledge reuse
  • visualisation


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