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Title: An ethnographic study of design knowledge reuse in the architecture, engineering and construction industry
Authors: Demian, Peter
Fruchter, Renate
Keywords: ethnography
engineering design
design reuse
knowledge management
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: © Springer
Citation: DEMIAN and FRUCHTER, 2006. An ethnographic study of design knowledge reuse in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Research in Engineering Design, 16(4), pp, 184-195
Abstract: This paper presents an ethnographic study of knowledge reuse in the architecture/engineering/construction industry. It is observed that reuse occurs largely through social knowledge networks. Even when reuse from an external repository occurs, a human expert is usually needed to provide proactive input on what to reuse and contextual information about the designs being reused. Both of these observations are attributed to the effectiveness of internal knowledge reuse, the reuse of knowledge from one’s personal experiences. Internal knowledge reuse is effective because the designer can find items to reuse, and can recall the context of these items and can therefore understand them. This ethnographic study was used to develop a corporate memory, a rich, detailed repository of knowledge in context. The corporate memory will support finding and understanding. Understanding can be brought about by enabling the designer to explore the project context and evolution history of the found item. These explorations will also help the designer to manage the tradeoff between productivity and creativity in deciding what to reuse, by facilitating reuse at the appropriate levels of granularity and abstraction.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Research in Engineering Design [© Springer] and is also available at: http://www.springerlink.com/content/1435-6066/.
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/2390
ISSN: 0934-9839
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