M. Nagl, B. Westfechtel, Ralph Schneider:
Tool support for the management of design processes in chemical engineering
Computers & Chemical Engineering, 2003, 27(2), 175-197
Design processes in chemical engineering are hard to support. In particular, this applies to conceptual design and basic engineering, in which the fundamental decisions concerning the plant design are performed. The design process is highly creative, many design alternatives are explored, and both unexpected and planned feedback occurs frequently. As a consequence, it is inherently difficult to manage design processes, i.e. to coordinate the effort of experts working on tasks such as creation of flow diagrams, steady-state and dynamic simulations, etc. On the other hand, proper management is crucial because of the large economic impact of the performed design decisions. We present a management system which takes the difficulties mentioned above into account by supporting the coordination of dynamic design processes. The management system equally covers products, activities, and resources, and their mutual relationships. With respect to coverage and integration, and with respect to the dynamics of design processes, the functionality of the management system goes considerably beyond commercial project, document, and workflow management systems.
Design process, project management, document management, workflow management.