It is our contention that engineering design in the 21st century requires a holistic systems approach that is flexible, adaptable and able to cope with change. Such an approach would draw on integrative design philosophies such as concurrent engineering. This paper presents a review of current design practice within two major Australian engineering sectors in an effort to benchmark the “state of practice” and allow for some assessment of the paradigm shift perceived to be required to take it to the “state of research” with respect to concurrent engineering.

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