DICE: An Object Oriented Programming Environment for Cooperative Engineering Design
Final rept. Jan 1987-Jan 1989
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
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The development and testing of knowledge based computer tools for the integration and coordination of various phases and participants of the engineering process are described. A system architecture - DICE - is presented which is intended to provide cooperation and coordination among multiple designers working in separate engineering disciplines, using knowledge to estimate interface conditions between disciplines, recording who used any piece of design data created by others, and how such data was used, and checking for conflicts among disciplines, manufacturability, and manufacturing cost and schedule impacts of design decisions. The system is being developed using object oriented programming and blackboard control techniques. Current status of DICE, along with examples in the domain of civil engineering are presented.
- Computer Systems