Development of a machine understandable language for design process representation

Jami J. Shah, Plamen I. Bliznakov, Susan D. Urban

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This paper describes the work in progress at Arizona State University to develop a design process description language. The intent is to go beyond decision making level in recording design activities, thus providing a basis for broad application of the proposed representation. At the same time the granularity is limited to a feasible level. The design language proposed in this paper currently is Prolog-based. It is able to relate the sequence of actions to attributes of the design artifacts, thus, providing reference to the product data. Specifics of the design process which are reflected in a natural way include iterations of the activities, versioning of the designs, as well as reasons, purpose, constraints, and method/knowledge/technique used for design decisions (although the latter is currently done in a somewhat unstructured manner). The association between rationale, actions, and artifacts is captured, so explanation of previous designs is adequately supported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDesign Theory and Methodology
EditorsMo Shahinpoor, H.S. Tzou
PublisherPubl by ASME
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0791811700
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993
Event14th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise - Albuquerque, NM, USA
Duration: Sep 19 1993Sep 22 1993

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Design Engineering Division (Publication) DE


Other14th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise
CityAlbuquerque, NM, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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