FORS: A flexible design environment

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Abstract

The author describes a modular design environment called FORS (flexible organizations), which is based on a network representation of the design effort. Each design network consists of tools (programs distributed over the whole network) and aspects (the models to which the tools are applied). The system's communication and exchange of data are based on distributed problem-solving techniques. The main objective is to develop mechanisms for collaboration between the different tools. The system provides a self-explanatory icon-based interface that allows for the dynamic reconfiguration of the design network and maintains libraries of records, tools, and aspects. The user can easily add and delete tools and access information and data from old designs. FORS extends object-oriented tool representation and considers the remote effects problem, also known as the simultaneous engineering or concurrent design problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Science
EditorsLee W. Hoevel, Bruce D. Shriver, Jay F.Jr. Nunamaker, Ralph H.Jr. Sprague, Velijko Milutinovic
PublisherPubl by Western Periodicals Co
Pages463-470
Number of pages8
Volume2
ISBN (Print)0818620099
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990
EventProceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Volume 1: Architecture Track - Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
Duration: Jan 2 1990Jan 5 1990

Other

OtherProceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Volume 1: Architecture Track
CityKailua-Kona, HI, USA
Period1/2/901/5/90

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