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Title: The use of hypertext in handling process engineering design data
Author: Kift, M. H.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1995
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This thesis aims to investigate aspects of data management associated with process engineering design, with a view to proposing improved methods and models for data storage, manipulation and representation, on which a foundation for 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. Process design is an increasingly complex activity, with this complexity being compounded by moves towards the adoption of concurrent engineering and "round-the-clock" activities in design offices around the world. It is evident that better support for the management of advanced data types and data control is needed to support the design activity. The main focus of this research is the use of hypertext in an integrated engineering database system, for handling complex information during process design. The research investigates the potential that hypertext provides for easy control of information, and the powerful tools it provides to allow the construction of data relationships. In addition to hypertext, this research investigates the strengths and weaknesses of current database models for engineering and hypertext usage. This leads to recommendations on the models best suited for these tasks. Finally, methods of data and program integration in current integrated systems are examined. Several new methods of integration are investigated, using advanced features of the Microsoft Windows operating system. These new methods aim to achieve close integration of both engineering and conventional applications. The ideas proposed by the research are manifested in the form of computer packages. These have been used in the thesis to demonstrate, by means of realistic examples, the use of hypertext for handling the design process, the employment of an advanced data model for handling complex multimedia information, and program integration.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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