The management of digital sketches through PLM solutions

G Huet, Hamish McAlpine, R Camarero, S J Culley, T Leblanc, C Fortin

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To manufacture successful products, companies are reliant on an efficient information and knowledge backbone. Within this context, this paper reports a preliminary investigation into the management and archival of early design information which typically manifests itself through a graphical format -sketches. Although a number of technologies enable the creation of digital sketches, this highly valuable company knowledge often remains paper-based and is then discarded once the final product solution is selected. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems offer new perspectives for efficient management of information across the life of a product. Nevertheless, these new capabilities developed for engineering purposes have not been tailored to meet designers' needs. The authors therefore propose a preliminary classification of sketches in order to facilitate their management and storage in PLM systems. Integration scenarios are also suggested using current PLM capabilities and the observed limitations highlight the necessary requirements to stretch these information management systems towards a more complete solution for all stakeholders involved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventInternational Conference on Engineering Design, ICED'09 - Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA United States
Duration: 24 Aug 200927 Aug 2009


ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering Design, ICED'09
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
CityStanford University, Stanford, CA


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