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Product Models in Design and Engineering

Summary: Product Models in Design and
Robert Amor
Building Research Establishment Limited
Garston, Watford WD2 7JR, UK
1. Abstract
This paper examines the history of product modelling including the main driving forces
behind their development. Major projects which have furthered product models are
discussed briefly and the recent development of the IAI and its relationship to the ISO-
STEP project is discussed. Applications of product models are examined and likely future
directions for product models predicted. The question of sufficiency of pure data models
is examined and is shown to lead to a requirement for systems which integrate product,
process, documents, legality and other topics into one system. The ToCEE project is used
to highlight the benefits of integrating many different aspects of a project and then
sharing this information out to all project participants. Further benefits of product models
are examined including their use to find information across multiple manufacturers of
product information.
2. History of Product Modelling
The concepts behind much of the current work in product modelling have been around


Source: Amor, Robert - Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences