Approach towards a more Flexible Handling of Domains in ComplexSystems

DSM 2010: Proceedings of the 12th International DSM Conference, Cambridge, UK, 22.-23.07.2010

Year: 2010
Editor: Wynn, D.C.; Kreimeyer, M.; Eben, K.; Maurer, M.; Lindemann, U.; Clarkson, P.J.
Author: Kohn, A.; Lindemann, U.
Section: Developments in DSM and MDM Theory
Page(s): 333-343


Design Structure Matrix (DSM), Domain Mapping Matrix (DMM) and Multiple Domain Matrix (MDM) methodologies offer a wide range for modelling and analysing complex systems. All these methodologies model the system by initially assigning the contained elements to domains. The later analysis of the system’s structure are then limited to this domain oriented order.
This paper presents an approach to handle the domains of a complex system in a more flexible way with the purpose to apply multi-domain algorithms and visualisation techniques in the field of structural complexity management more flexible. Therewith, alternative views on the system’s structure are offered. The presented approach aims at a new way of thinking about the modelling of complex systems as well as their visualisation and analysis. The developed tool SysViz is finally used to illustrate and demonstrate the presented approach.

Keywords: Flexible Attributes, System Modelling, System Visualisation


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