A knowledge model for automotive engineering design

Hao Qin*, Hongwei Wang, David Wiltshire, Qian Wang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Within the competitive environment of the automotive industry, increasing the efficiency of the engineering design process and shortening the time to market of a product becomes a key to the success of an automotive firm. Apart from applying design tools and strategies, undertaking knowledge management is also of significant importance as there are always huge amount of data and information generated during a design project. This has driven researchers to study knowledge management and devise a knowledge management system to assist the engineering design process. This paper is based on the study of a Formula Student racing car design project and presents a development of a Project-Process-Product (P3) Model as the core of a knowledge management system. The P3 Model aims to identify the information structure of automotive design knowledge as well as exploring the way to organize the data and information generated during an automotive design project. The preliminary work shows that, the model helps designers, especially novices, gain a clear overview of the project and recognise what data and information may be required for their design as well as how to access the information when necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design
Subtitle of host publicationDesign for Harmonies, ICED 2013
PublisherThe Design Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781904670490
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Event19th International Conference on Engineering Design - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 19 Aug 201322 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameICED Proceedings Series
PublisherThe Design Society
ISSN (Print)2220-4334


Conference19th International Conference on Engineering Design
Abbreviated titleICED 2013
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Automotive engineering design
  • Design engineering
  • Information management
  • Knowledge management
  • Knowledge model


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