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Challenges and opportunities in capturing design knowledge

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM 2015)
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-27064-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-27062-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventWorld Congress on Engineering Asset Management -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISSN (Print)2195-4356


ConferenceWorld Congress on Engineering Asset Management
Period1/01/00 → …


This paper studies engineering asset management from the viewpoint of
human capital and design knowledge. Design reasoning pattern (DRP) models are
valuable for capturing and managing design knowledge. DRP models aim to ex-
plain how designing of a product should be done in a rational way in a specific
case. Also the models support recognising of design sequences which aim to de-
scribe for example what should be defined first. Our empirical findings reveal
several challenges and also some misbeliefs related to making of these models. In this paper, we have recognised six main challenges which relate to generality, validity, ambiguity, contradictions, logic and complexity of DRP models. These
challenges are discussed, and different solutions and ways to deal with and benefit from these challenges are suggested. As a conclusion, we state that DRP models enable benefits for managing and steering design activity.

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland