The Role of DBMS in Design Research,
CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA
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Research in integrated design systems is almost invariably predicated on the existence of a data base that acts as a common repository of data representing the emerging specification of the system or artifact being designed. First, the representation and processing of detailed constraints is presented, including a dynamic mechanism for activating constraints as a design is firmed up. Second, a concept of treating multiple sets of constraints e.g., those arising from building codes of different jurisdictions as data residing in the data base is presented. Finally, exploratory work on the interaction of DBMS with knowledge-based expert design system is given.