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Requirements management: an enabler for concurrent engineering in the automotive industry

By C. I. V. Kerr, Rajkumar Roy and Peter J. Sackett


Defining and agreeing the product requirements is especially important when the design and manufacture of a system is part of an Extended Enterprise. To realize an all-inclusive concurrent engineering process, tools for the upstream design activities are needed. In practice, it is often difficult for the companies to have a shared understanding of what needs to be developed, and so specifications contain ambiguities in describing the product requirements. This paper clarifies the problem domain in the context of a complex product, designed and manufactured in a pan-national Extended Enterprise and serving a highly competitive market. The authors show how the challenge can be addressed through the application of ontology. A model of a requirements-management tool is proposed that will allow the various systems and associated levels of a product to be described and then shared through the supply chain. A prototype system is presented and illustrated through a case study from the automotive industry

Topics: Requirements management, Concurrent engineering, Automotive industry, Ontology, Product development
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.1080/00207540500445263
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Provided by: Cranfield CERES

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