Title: An approach of multi disciplinary collaboration in conceptual automotive development

Authors: Mario Hirz

Addresses: Institute of Automotive Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Inffeldgasse 11/1, 8042 Graz, Austria

Abstract: Conceptual automotive development processes are characterised by a wide range of different working fields and influencing factors, which leads to the participation of several departments, engineering service provider and component supplier. An important factor for a successful development states an optimised interaction of the different involved parties and departments based on efficient collaborative development processes, using computer aided tools, methods and strategies. The present publication treats the development of an integrated approach for the automotive concept phase, which is based on an integrated virtual product representation model. This model enables access of all involved parties and consists of several interlinked modules to cover the requirements in view of product structure management, geometry creation and functional simulation.

Keywords: automotive development; concept phase; virtual development; integrated product modelling; collaborative development; computer aided design; CAD; product data management; PDM; vehicle layout; product knowledge; process optimisation; automobile industry; product development; product representation models; product structure management; geometry creation; functional simulation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCENT.2011.040664

International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise, 2011 Vol.2 No.1, pp.39 - 56

Published online: 15 Jun 2011 *

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