CDP 4 User Manual

Concurrent Design

The Concurrent Design method is an approach to design activities in which all design disciplines and stakeholders are brought together to create an integrated design in a collaborative way of working.

The Concurrent Design method brings many advantages to the early design phase by providing a structure for this otherwise chaotic phase. Many design concepts have been implemented in the Concurrent Design method to help a team of stakeholders perform their task. The design work is done in collocated sessions with all stakeholders involved and present, creating an integrated design and enabling good communication and exchange of information between team members.

For the Concurrent Design method to be applicable the design must be a complex design and it has to involve a sufficiently differentiated multi-disciplinary team. To perform Concurrent Design (CD) successfully, the following is required:

The Concurrent Design method follows a specific process to perform a design.

In the following pages a short description is given of the phases of a Concurrent Design activity and of the multidisciplinary team that is needed.

The main part of the documentation concerns the Concurrent Design Platform or CDP™4 as the main engineering tool in the software infrastructure providing the main functionality to create, share and update design information in the integrated design model. The high-level architecture and possible data exchanges are presented at a high level as well, before going into the details of the various functionalities offered by the CDP™4.

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