An approach for testing the feasibility of decomposing interdependent design tasks for concurrent engineering

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Abstract

Concurrent engineering process is characterized by executing a large number of interdependent project tasks. One effective way of managing such tasks is to decompose them into groups. However, not all tasks are decomposable. Without the need to apply a decomposition method, this paper describes a simple quantitative approach to test whether an underlying pattern of relationships exists between interdependent design tasks, such that they may be rearranged into groups. In addition, a grouping efficiency index for predicting the goodness of the best possible obtainable decomposition is introduced. The proposed approach and the grouping index were applied to simple hypothetical projects and a sample project adapted from the literature. Both the approach and the grouping index are proved to be powerful yet very easy to use.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEM 2007: 2007 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
Pages973-978
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2007 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2007 - , Singapore
Duration: Dec 2 2007Dec 4 2007

Other

Other2007 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2007
CountrySingapore
Period12/2/0712/4/07

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Keywords

  • Concurrent engineering
  • Decomposition
  • Design structure matrix
  • Design tasks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Bashir, H., AlZebdeh, K., & Abdo, J. (2007). An approach for testing the feasibility of decomposing interdependent design tasks for concurrent engineering. In IEEM 2007: 2007 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (pp. 973-978). [4419337] https://doi.org/10.1109/IEEM.2007.4419337