Title: Utilising enterprise knowledge with knowledge-based engineering

Authors: C. Chapman, S. Preston, M. Pinfold, G. Smith

Addresses: Knowledge Based Enterprise Centre, Technology Innovation Centre, University of Central England, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG, UK. ' Knowledge Based Enterprise Centre, Technology Innovation Centre, University of Central England, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG, UK. ' Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. ' Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Abstract: The need for enterprises to remain competitive within a growing international market place has seen the use of knowledge-based product development techniques being employed. Techniques such as Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE) allow for the capture, storage and reuse of the enterprises| intellectual property and for reduction in the time to create products by the capture of company product and process knowledge and, more importantly, the use of that knowledge in automated or semi-automated KBE applications. This paper will introduce KBE, review from the literature the four dedicated KBE application development techniques employed, and make suggestions for further development to model a company|s best practices and the automation of those best practices allowing for the freeing up of a company|s human resource to have the time to consider a greater number of alternatives and search for more innovative solutions.

Keywords: adaptive modelling language; AML; automation; best practice; knowledge based engineering; ICAD; KBE; KCM; rapid application development; knowledge modelling; KOMPRESSA; MOKA; RAD; product development; intellectual property; knowledge management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2007.013354

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2007 Vol.28 No.2/3, pp.169 - 179

Published online: 22 Apr 2007 *

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