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Software architecture to facilitate automated message recording and context annotation
Author(s): David T. McWherter; Vera Zaychik; Erik E. Hayes; William C. Regli; Jonathan Sevy
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Paper Abstract

The complexities of product engineering frequently require teams of agents, both human and digital, working together to take a product through its life-cycle. Increasingly, manufacturers, designers and project planners belong to different design teams, in different corporate organizations in a supply network, separated by large geographic distances. This paper describes the software architecture of the Collaborative Design Studio environment we are developing to support Networked Engineering. We provide the framework enabling communications exchanged during design and manufacturing activities to be annotated with design context information and archived for future reference. We present an XML-based message model to encapsulate relationships between design context and designers' communications. As a proof-of-concept, are creating a Networked Engineering Environment with integrated email, instant messaging, collaborative work, text-editing and CAD/CAM packages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4208, Network Intelligence: Internet-based Manufacturing, (29 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.411773
Show Author Affiliations
David T. McWherter, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Vera Zaychik, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Erik E. Hayes, Drexel Univ. (United States)
William C. Regli, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Jonathan Sevy, Drexel Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4208:
Network Intelligence: Internet-based Manufacturing
Nina M. Berry, Editor(s)

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