A Data Representation for Collaborative Mechanical Design

  • Richard L. Nagy
  • David G. Ullman
  • Thomas G. Dietterich


Collaborative design projects place additional burdens on design documentation practices. The literature on group design has repeatedly documented the existence of problems in design decision making due to the unavailability of design information. This paper describes a data representation developed for collaborative mechanical design information. The data representation is used to record the history of the design as a sequence of design decisions. The resulting database records the final specifications, the alternatives that were considered during the design process, and the designers’ rationale for choosing the final design parameters. It is currently implemented in a computerized data base system under development by the Design Process Research Group (DPRG), at the authors’ institution (Oregon State University).


Design Process Mechanical Design Data Representation Design Information Collaborative Design 
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  • Richard L. Nagy
  • David G. Ullman
  • Thomas G. Dietterich

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