Collaborative design centers often employ software tools to conduct trade studies. Commonly, this takes the form of a software program to aggregate and pass data between multiple computer workstations. This allows multiple people to concurrently create a conceptual design. Trade study software continues to evolve to meet the demands of modern collaborative design centers. However, the risks associated with moving from one trade study software tool to another are not well understood. Additionally, little is known about the software preferences of Collaborative Design Center (CDC) staff. This paper determines software preferences of two user groups consisting of graduate and undergraduate mechanical engineering students. This paper then explores the risks in deploying new trade study software in a collaborative design center. A method for estimating and mitigating risks with changing trade study software is presented. Recommendations for a smooth transition between software packages are given. The risk model developed in this paper offers a quick way of estimating and mitigating conversion risk for collaborative design centers.

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