Advanced Engineering Environments: Achieving the Vision, by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Committee on Advanced Engineering Environments

Advances within the services of applied sciences acceptable to allotted networking, telecommunications, multi-user machine functions, and interactive digital fact are developing possibilities for clients within the similar or separate destinations to interact in interdependent, cooperative actions utilizing a typical computer-based atmosphere. those functions have given upward push to fairly new interdisciplinary efforts to unite the pursuits of mission-oriented groups with these of the pc and social technological know-how groups to create built-in, tool-oriented computation and conversation platforms. those platforms can allow groups in frequent destinations to collaborate utilizing the latest tools and computing assets. the advantages are many. for instance, a brand new paradigm for intimate collaboration among scientists and engineers is rising. This collaboration has the aptitude to speed up the advance and dissemination of information and optimize using tools and amenities, whereas minimizing the time among the invention and alertness of recent technologies.

Advanced Engineering Environments: reaching the imaginative and prescient, section I describes the advantages and feasibility of ongoing efforts to improve and practice complex engineering environments (AEEs), that are outlined as specific implementations of computational and communications platforms that create built-in digital and/or dispensed environments linking researchers, technologists, designers, brands, providers, and customers.

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Need to provide system security and to protect proprietary data without degrading system efficiency Culture, Management, and Economics 1. Difficulty of justifying a strong corporate commitment to implementing AEE technologies or systems because of their complexity and uncertainties regarding costs, metrics, and benefits 2. Lack of practical metrics for determining the effectiveness of AEE technologies that have been implemented 3. Unknowns concerning the total costs of implementing AEE technologies and systems and the return on investment 4.

Distribution, posting, or copying is strictly prohibited without written permission of the NAP. html 30 TABLE 4-1 Barriers to Achieving the AEE Vision Integration of Tools, Systems, and Data 1. Lack of tool interoperability 2. Continued proliferation of tools, which aggravates interoperability issues 3. Existing investments in legacy systems and the difficulty of integrating legacy systems with advanced tools that support AEE capabilities 4. Little effort by most software vendors to address interoperability or data-exchange issues outside of their own suite of tools 5.

Factory making the same products. The design process, simulations, and change-control system must be able to accommodate these differences. Given projected rates of software obsolescence, the life spans of many products will vastly exceed the life span of the software used to develop them. For some products, design, analysis, and decision processes used today will have to be accessible in 20 or 30 years to facilitate reviews, redesigns, and upgrades that may occur late in the product life cycle.

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