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Title: Process engineering information management systems
Author: Kamsah, M. Z. K.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1997
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The way engineers and engineering companies do their work has significantly changed over the past twenty years. This is mainly due to the simultaneous development of computers (particularly personal computers) and software. Most engineers are likely to use several engineering application programs and mainstream software packages. Hence, information from one application must be capable of being transferred into other packages for further processing or analysing and reporting or documentation purposes. This thesis aims to investigate aspects of data management and applications integration in process engineering design. It proposes a new method and model for data storage, manipulation and representation, on which new process design environments may be based. Several aspects of integrated process design database systems are examined, including data models, data handling, program control and integration. A system called PREMIS has been developed which uses an object-oriented approach to data management. It utilises templates which mimic specification sheets used in process industry for defining objects in a design environment. The use of methods promotes a consistent look and feel to the tools in the environment. The application of PREMIS to a real process engineering design example illustrates the benefits of object-oriented techniques to the process systems and design community. Templates can be manipulated as entities. They are displayed on the screen where they serve as the data input device for design information. Data on the templates and stored in the database can be shared and accessed directly by design programs. The dynamic nature of the object definitions encourages experimentation with the new data types and methods. The system also aims to demonstrate the advantages of employing advanced integration features of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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