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Decision Making in Engineering Design

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Kemper E. Lewis
Kemper E. Lewis
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Wei Chen
Wei Chen
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Linda C. Schmidt
Linda C. Schmidt
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ISBN-10:
0791802469
No. of Pages:
400
Publisher:
ASME Press
Publication date:
2006

Traditionally, product development has been considered to be a task-based process. More recently, the concept of Decision-Based Design (DBD) has been proposed, in which the product development process is considered a series of decisions rather than a series of tasks. In this work, the early stages of the vehicle development process have been modeled as a task-based process, using a Design Structure Matrix (DSM), and then interpreted in the context of the principles of formal decision analysis and DBD. Examination of the DSM model and observation of practicing vehicle development teams supports the notion that the vehicle development process is indeed a decision-based process. In addition, many principles from formal decision analysis and many of the technologies being explored and developed within the DBD community are already being applied within the vehicle development process. This chapter contains a detailed review of the state-of-the-art of decision-based execution of the vehicle development process, along with a discussion of promising areas for further research and development.

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