Value-driven simulation: Thinking together through simulation in early engineering design

DS 87-4 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 4: Design Methods and Tools, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Panarotto, Massimo; Wall, Johan; Bertoni, Marco; Larsson, Tobias; Jonsson, Pontus
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden; 2: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; 3: Dynapac Compaction Equipment AB, Sweden
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 513-522
ISBN: 978-1-904670-92-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


The topic of ‘design for value’ has lately attracted a great deal of attention within the engineering design community. ‘Predicting’ the value of a future solution is however difficult, especially in early design phases. Modelling and simulation is believed to be able to support this challenging task. A simulation process for value-driven engineering design is presented. The performances of a design concept along the lifecycle are aggregated to a monetary system value function. The results of this multi-model simulation environment for value are displayed through a colour-coded CAD model for easier interaction. Verification activities indicate that enabling effective design space exploration and visualization of cause-effect relationships become important elements in order to ‘think together’ using a simulation driven design approach. Furthermore, the proposed multidisciplinary ‘value model’ fosters cross-functional knowledge sharing and collective deliberation about the value, forcing stakeholders to synthetize their perceptions about the value of a design and to discuss where conclusions differ.

Keywords: Simulation, Conceptual design, Multi- / Cross- / Trans-disciplinary processes, Value-driven simulation, Design space exploration


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