Hale, P., Scanlan, J., Bru, C. and Dunkley, M.
Preliminary findings from the DECIDE project.
ISPE CE 2002 (International Society of Productivity Enhancement), Concurrent Engineering, Cranfield, United Kingdom, 27th - 31st July, 2002.
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This paper outlines the tools and technologies used, or to be used in the DECIDE (Decision Evaluation and Costing In Developmental Engineering) decision support system. The tools and technologies investigated are manufacturing costing, taxonomies and ontologies, structured languages, and user driven programming, information sharing, and simulation. These are all required in order to make a manufacturing decision support system effective, and they must be used in a coherent way. The work of specialists in these areas is described and evaluated. This can help give an understanding to the non-specialist about how an overall system can be constructed from these parts. The University of the West of England Implied Cost Evaluation System (ICES) group have produced manufacturing decision support systems. This paper investi-gates the research underway into migration of these systems to a collaborative web environment. The research aim is to make it possible to create a generic decision support system, and also to investigate ways for users to create programs within the environment of a knowledge based system.
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