ISBN: 978-981-09-5471-0 DOI: 10.18178/wcse.2015.04.082
Web-based Conceptual Design Support System
Abstract— Conceptual design is one of the most critical and important phase of design with least
computer support. This paper presents an extension of a standalone conceptual design support tool
developed previously by the authors on a web-based environment. The proposed framework is
suitable for collaborative design which is performed by multiple participants, each potentially capable
of proposing values for design issues and/or evaluating these choices. The framework uses design
reuse philosophy which plays a major role in product development especially during the early concept
generation phase supplementing the designer’s knowledge by providing stored knowledge outside the
designer’s area of expertise. The reused design knowledge from existing product has an advantage of
being tested for reliability in previous design and may inspire the designer to generate new concepts.
Based on this philosophy, a web-based conceptual design support system (CDSS) has been developed
and deployed on a local server which can be accessed on intranet network. The CDSS can be used
either to generate new concepts from the design repository (database) or from the designer which can
be added to the repository through knowledge acquisition module for future design.
Index Terms— Conceptual design, design support system, collaborative design, web-based system.
Dereje Engida Woldemichael, Fakhruldin Mohd Hashim
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Mechanical Engineering Department, MALAYSIA
Cite: Dereje Engida Woldemichael, Fakhruldin Mohd Hashim, "Web-based Conceptual Design Support System," 2015 The 5th International Workshop on Computer Science and Engineering-Information Processing and Control Engineering (WCSE 2015-IPCE), pp. 494-498, Moscow, Russia, April 15-17, 2015.