Software + services for engineers

Steven Johnston, Simon Cox, Kenji Takeda, Phillip Marsh

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In this paper we describe how novel Software + Services approaches can significantly improve productivity for scientists and engineers. In partnership with Rolls-Royce, Airbus and BAE Systems we demonstrate how to accelerate the understanding of engineering systems and product development. We approached different levels of the enterprise engineering process using a series of user-driven Proof of Concept (PoCs) projects. By exploiting workflow tools and HPC capabilities we show how to formalise the engineering design and optimisation process, thus providing accountability and Quality Assurance. Using SharePoint, we demonstrate advanced engineering search capabilities and data management, seamlessly integrating existing data across multiple locations. Locating and retaining knowledge within an enterprise infrastructure is often difficult. Much of the knowledge is retained within people and social networks within organisations. Through the natural cycle of people and the difficulty in locating relevant information, much knowledge is lost or not utilised. We demonstrate how to capture and retain knowledge, exposing it through an extensible framework, providing a persistent audit trail detailing the thought process behind decisions. By abstracting infrastructure, audit and QA from engineering design we can improve the understanding of design processes thus improving overall engineering process. In combination, these approaches pave the way for providing significant reduction in time to insight and execution of scientific investigation and engineering design in real-world applications.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2008
EventMicrosoft eScience Workshop 2008 - Indianapolis, United States
Duration: 7 Dec 20088 Dec 2008


ConferenceMicrosoft eScience Workshop 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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