|Corresponding Author: Cutting-Decelle, Anne-Francoise|
|Author(s): Cutting-Decelle, A.F. (*), Anumba, C.J. (+), Baldwin, A.N. (+), Bouchlaghem, D. (+), Dufau, J. (*), and Mommessin, M. (*)|
|Organisation(s): (*) Université de Savoie-ESIGEC/LGCH, Domaine de Savoie-Technolac, LE BOURGET DU LAC (France), (+) Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough (UK)|
|The aim of this paper is to analyse the consequences of the introduction
of Concurrent Engineering (CE) concepts on an integrated product
and process model for life-cycle design and construction of steel structures.
We will first describe the integrated product and process model currently
developed by the authors within the framework of the ProMICE project. We
will present the main features of the model and the UML modelling chosen
both for product and process information.
CE features in the above model are introduced according to a three-stage methodology we developed for this project. The aim of this methodology is two-fold : first, we have to define the way of working, i.e. the stages of this introduction process. Another feature of this methodology is to provide a way of representing " CE knowledge ", that is how to describe CE specificity in order to introduce the related concepts in the model, but also to " translate "those concepts into the generic representation provided by the model resulting from the integration.
The three stages of the work are :
The analysis of the results of the first two stages enables :
The third stage will lead to the elaboration of a set of rules (guidelines), both for the actors (defining their role) and for the information flows (defining the type of information management to be dealt with by the actors).
One of the objectives of the ProMICE project is to identify the changes needed by this transition from traditional towards CE approach, then to represent those changes, notably in the domain of steelwork construction. We also intend to provide an industrial validation of the final model. Coupled with a comparison of those approaches within two European countries, this work constitutes an original, and innovative feature of the project.