Design Engineering and Needs for Methodology

DS 58-5: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 5, Design Methods and Tools (pt. 1), Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Eder, Wolfgang Ernst
Series: ICED
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 1-12


In order to explore the need for a formalized engineering design methodology, several grounded theories are reviewed and brought into mutual context. The theories refer to memory and thinking operations, expertise, human action modes, competencies, and learning styles. The discussion reveals a need for specific instructions for a methodical and systematic engineering design procedure, when the design problem is seen as non-routine, and expertise is lacking. A design methodology based on the insights of Engineering Design Science is outlined, to give guidance on available design procedures for situations where it is needed.

Keywords: Design engineering, Engineering Design Science, expertise, competency, action modes


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