The N-dim approach to creating design support systems

Eswaran Subrahmanian, Suresh L. Konda, Allen Dutoit, Yoram Reich, Douglas Cunningham, Robert Patrick, Mark Thomas, Arthur W. Westerberg

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Creating practical design support systems is a complex design endeavor. We approach it with an evolutionary process, one that studies the design information flow then builds and tests information management support systems. Through our experience with industrial partners we have evolved this process into a set of methods and tools that support these methods. We have evolved an infrastructure called n-dim, that is composed of a small number of building blocks that can be composed in ways that match the complexity of design contexts and work. We have developed this infrastructure to be highly flexible so as to allow us to conduct this evolutionary process in a practical project setting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th International Design Theory and Methodology Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791880456
StatePublished - 1997
EventASME 1997 Design Engineering Technical Conferences, DETC 1997 - Sacramento, United States
Duration: 14 Sep 199717 Sep 1997

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference


ConferenceASME 1997 Design Engineering Technical Conferences, DETC 1997
Country/TerritoryUnited States


FundersFunder number
Asea Brown Boveri Ltd.
Engineering Design Research Center
Union Switch and Signal, Inc.
National Science Foundation


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