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Towards the Ubiquitization of Engineering Analysis to Support Product Design


Peak, R.S.; Scholand, A.J.; Tamburini, D.R.; Fulton, R.E. (1999), Invited Paper for Special Issue: Advanced Product Data Management Supporting Product Life-Cycle Activities, Intl. J. Computer Applications in Technology, Vol. 12, No. 1, 1-15.


MRA ubiquitization process, routine analysis, multi-representation architecture, product model, STEP


While it is generally agreed designers would like to benefit more from analysis, methodologies are lacking for identifying appropriate analysis models and transforming them into readily usable tools. This paper identifies designer needs with respect to analysis, and introduces the term "ubiquitization" to describe the process of creating automated analysis models that can be regularly used in product design (i.e., routine analysis modules).

A ubiquitization process is presented with electronic packaging examples. Based on the multi-representation architecture (MRA) design-analysis integration strategy, this process creates catalogs of product model-based analysis models (PBAMs) - analysis modules that associate design data with analysis models to obtain results in a highly automated manner.

Ubiquitization is illustrated using a PBAM for PWB warpage analysis from the TIGER project. Other electronic packaging applications such as solder joint fatigue are highlighted. Design inputs come from STEP product models and solution methods range from encoded formulae to multi-vendor 3D finite element analysis. Observations are given, including how ubiquitization is a knowledge capture technique that aids both engineering analysts and product designers. While it transforms analyst research into usable designer tools, it serves as a catalyst that reveals new challenges for the analyst.


Manuscript: pdf (487 K)


The term "ubiquitization" is now used in place of the original term "routinization" to better reflect methodology purpose. Some documents may still contain the original term. (June, 2000)