Understanding Engineering Projects: An Integrated Vehicle Health Management Approach to Engineering Project Monitoring

Chris Snider, James Gopsill, Simon Jones, Lei Shi, Ben Hicks

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Due to heterogeneity in engineering projects and the contexts in which they occur, it is challenging to develop and apply generic methods for monitoring and management. Particularly in large projects, high complexity, scale, and distribution creates difficulty in identifying what performance metrics should even be applied to each, aside from assessment method. To address this issue this paper presents a new approach to project monitoring based on Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM), a widely utilised monitoring method for machine maintenance. By focusing on wide capture of low-level data, in this case Digital Objects produced during everyday work, an IVHM approach uses many analysis techniques simultaneously, automatically creating a high-level description of the state of the project, which a manager can use for assessment and intervention. To allow IVHM to be applied to engineering projects this paper presents 70 features captured from interview, each present in all engineering projects, whose state influences performance. Feasibility of the IVHM approach in engineering project management is then shown through three real-data examples, in which higher level project understanding is inferred directly from low level data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15) Vol 3
Subtitle of host publicationOrganisation and Management, Milan, Italy, 27-30.07.15
EditorsChristian Weber, Stephan Husung, Marco Cantamessa, Gaetano Cascini, Dorian Marjanovic, Francesca Montagna
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2015
EventICED15: International Conference on Engineering Design - Italy, Milan, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jul 2015 → …

Publication series

PublisherThe Design Society
ISSN (Print)2220-4334


ConferenceICED15: International Conference on Engineering Design
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period27/07/15 → …


  • Project Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • IVHM
  • Project Features


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