Information Processing in the Non-Homogeneous Environment

  • H. C. Brockelsby
  • D. L. Crandall
Conference paper


The successful implementation of computer aided engineering technology requires the effective integration of diverse information and many different individuals, activities and computing systems. Given the evolution of CAE tools, it is not reasonable to expect that a large homogeneous environment is possible in the foreseeable future. In this non-homogenous environment, however, access to the appropriate automated aid at the correct time in the design process will become increasingly important to effectiveness and productivity. It is in recognition of these facts that the following sequence of steps has been undertaken at EG&G
  1. 1)

    Outline the current engineering process.

  2. 2)

    Identify the automated facilities available and their applicability to the engineering process.

  3. 3)

    Outline an “Engineering Automation Guide” which will provide step-by-step access to the various resources.

  4. 4)

    Identify any gaps or needed changes in the automated capabilities.

  5. 5)

    Begin the development of the computerized “Engineering Automation Guide.”

  6. This

    paper describes the progress to date and the challenges to artificial intelligence encountered in our work toward a usable “Engineering Automation Guide.”



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    Kepner, C. H. and Tregoe, B. B., The New Rational Manager, New Jersey: Princeton Research Press, 1981, p 87.Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. C. Brockelsby
    • 1
  • D. L. Crandall
    • 1
  1. 1.Idaho National Engineering Laboratory EG & G Idaho, Inc.USA

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