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Guiding Engineering Design Activities Through a Question Based Approach

[+] Author Affiliations
Khadidja Grebici

University of McGill, Montreal, QC, Canada

Marco Aurisicchio

Imperial College London, London, UK

Rob Bracewell

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Paper No. DETC2009-87590, pp. 1449-1459; 11 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 29th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, August 30–September 2, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4899-9 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3856-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The design of complex systems requires accurate planning and sequencing of the processes into task and activities. Companies such as the aerospace engine manufacturers demand effective methods and tools to support engineering designers in their tasks and activities. This paper presents exploratory research to investigate the possibility of supporting design activities through a question based approach. Sets of generic questions are extracted from the analysis of the question types proposed in previous research. The paper proposes that designers could be guided into their design inquiries by consulting the generic questions identified in this research and design knowledge indexes.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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