Enhancing the balancing while synthesizing-process - a method development project

DS 87-7 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 7: Design Theory and Research Methodology, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Noubarpour, Dennis
Series: ICED
Institution: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology
Page(s): 161-170
ISBN: 978-1-904670-95-7
ISSN: 2220-4342


There exist many different product and concept development methods. Many of these do not target the performance and cost-balance between sub-solutions in a concept. The management of properties between sub-solutions do yield value in a cost-effective way since not all solutions for a concept is investigated. Moreover, there is a risk of conflicts between sub-solutions which can lead to costly loops. A concept development method, Balancing While Synthesizing-process was developed in the purpose to support balancing activities. Results from research projects showed one step in the process not being intuitive enough and further development was needed. A method development project was conducted to make the particular step more intuitive. The project also includes a digitalization of the process with the goal to achieve further improvements. This paper describes the enhanced version of the Balancing While Synthesizing-process and the benefits achieved realized by the method development.

Keywords: Decision making, Design methods, Evaluation, Method development, Digitalization


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