Hale, P., Solomonides, T. and Beeson, I.
Enabling diagrammatic de-abstraction and modelling of engineering problems.
University of the West of England, Bristol, Graduate Conference, Bristol, UK, 15th June, 2009.
Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/15512
This paper discusses efforts to enable de-abstraction of engineering problems from a representation suitable for engineers to that suitable for computer models and code. The key question is to what extent diagrammatic representations of problems can be used in order to provide modelling solutions. To achieve this, a source tree is created, this is translated to computer code, then represented as a result tree. This enables engineers to visualise problems such as representation of a product data structure in a way familiar to them, and this also gives a visual and colour coded representation of equations. This visualisation is easier to navigate and understand than that which can be provided by spreadsheets, and more maintainable. This research could also be used for business modelling, process modelling, and workflow.
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