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Characterising the information requests of aerospace engineering designers

Aurisicchio, M and Bracewell, RH and Wallace, KM (2013) Characterising the information requests of aerospace engineering designers. Research in Engineering Design, 24. pp. 43-63. ISSN 0934-9839

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Abstract

During product development, engineering designers raise several information requests that make them search through human and documentary sources. This paper reports research to characterise, in detail, these requests for designers working in a major aerospace engineering company. The research found that at a high level, a distinction can be made between requests to acquire information and to process information. The former are raised to access design and domain information. The latter, instead, are formed to define designs. For researchers, this study extends existing knowledge of information requests by characterising key differences in their nature and explaining how they are used in the design process. For practitioners, these findings can be used as a basis to understand the diverseness of information requests and how to channel efforts to support designers in information seeking. In particular, the research indicates that a strategy to support designers should enable the development of engineering communities that share information effectively and the introduction of techniques that facilitate the documentation of information. © 2012 Springer-Verlag London Limited.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aerospace engineering design Information requests Problem-solving Reasoning
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:44
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:31
DOI: 10.1007/s00163-012-0136-y