Enhancing Collaboration between Design and Simulation Departments by Methods of Complexity Management

DSM 2016: Sustainability in modern project management - Proceedings of the 18th International DSM Conference, São Paulo, August 29th and 30th, 2016

Year: 2016
Editor: Marly Monteiro de Carvalho, Steven D. Eppinger, Maik Maurer, Lucia Becerril
Author: Schweigert, Sebastian; Çavuşoğlu, Mesut; Lindemann, Udo
Series: DSM
Institution: 1Technical University of Munich, Chair of Product Development
Section: Managing Design and Innovation
Page(s): 033-042
DOI number: 10.19255/JMPM-DSM2016
ISBN: 978-85-63710-01-7


The significance of CAD-CAE coupling has grown with the increasing use of simulations in development processes. With the focus on technical aspects like simulation data management in literature, however, there is a lack of research on the implications on collaboration. This paper uses methods of structural complexity management to improve communication and collaboration between simulation and design departments. Design structure matrices and multiple domain matrices are derived from system graphs that come from interviews. A case study uses these methods to handle data to enhance collaboration between departments. The results are techniques to deal with lacking information and low degrees of connectivity in the matrices. After an overlay of different matrices, standard procedures like triangulation and clustering can be applied that would otherwise not have been sensible. This leads to knowledge clusters and sequences of documents and task that help to integrate simulations more smoothly into the product development process.

Keywords: CAD-CAE, structural complexity management, DSM, DMM, MDM, system graph, collaboration and collaboration, human behaviour in design


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