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Title: Supporting the management of the engineering change process through a cross-domain traceability model
Author: Ahmad, N.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2011
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Engineering change originating from rework or from changed requirements is a significant part of any product development programme. The thesis then presents a framework to create a model which captures the four domains of requirements, functions, components/subsystems and detailed design process and subsequently shows how the resulting models could be used to make cross-domain models by creating the AutoBell (product of Digital Research Labs) model. Elements are linked within and across these four domains via a systematic approach, which allows representation of key aspects of designers’ knowledge regarding the change process. A laboratory experiment is also conducted to evaluate the framework for structuring information where modellers were asked to model using this framework. This experiment provides interesting insights into the thinking of designers and the effectiveness of the framework for modelling products. In particular, the dissertation shows how changes in requirements can be viewed as propagating through these four layers to cause rework in the design process, and how a traceability approach based on the model can be used to help reason about the cost of implementing a given requirement change. This technique is implemented in a software tool which is applied to the management change cases of the AutoBell. The change management support approach is separately evaluated through a series of student experiment which were divided into two groups to test the usability and utility of the approach and the tool. This dissertation also reflects on the importance of using change management methods with the project management methods. A simulation approach is developed which is used with the Gantt charges to devise a schedule for managing changes through the project. The initial results of the simulation experiments show that a schedule can be made where by packaging change requests and executing them after a fixed interval will reduce the delay in project lead time.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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