Process Management Group
Improving design process performance
The Process Management Group researches the role and nature of process modelling in the successful delivery of new products and services. In particular, we are researching how the modelling and analysis of design processes can influence the timely introduction and commercial success of a product:
- by generating a greater understanding of the nature and demands of complex system design;
- by challenging current planning practice and risk management in complex system design;
- by developing novel and useful design process improvement tools.
Our research is driven by practice. We are currently working with Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, BT, BP, Laing O’Rourke, Siemens and others to deliver on a variety of research topics and to define the priorities for future study.
We have developed a novel approach to design process mapping and analysis, known as Signposting, to assist in the management of complex design processes. A software tool, the Cambridge Advanced Modeller (CAM), which supports Signposting and the use of Dependency Structure Matrices has been developed and is being used in industry. An edited book on Design Process Improvement was published by Springer in 2005.
Laing O'Rourke and 21 Consortium partners aim to address the fragmented delivery approach of the construction industry. The project will deliver the understanding, tools and approaches required to support early design decision making in the manufacture of novel construction components in an advanced manufacturing plant.
High Performance Modelling for Business Growth and Agility
BT is funding research to understand how organisations operate, and in particular to be able to deliver technological and organisational change under pressure from resource constraint and high levels of customer service. This involves mathematical and computer modelling of a range of complex interrelated problems.
The aim of Jaguar Land Rover’s Programme for Simulation Innovation is to increase the use of simulation in car design. This will be a further step towards the goal of virtual vehicle design where the entire design process is carried out on the computer, reducing the number of costly physical prototypes required.
Rolls-Royce is a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines. The SILOET programme was designed to accelerate the development and introduction of their low carbon aircraft engine technology. The Virtual Engine Design Systems project aims to develop novel design process models targeted at the early stages of jet engine design.
Cambridge Advanced Modeller is a software tool for modelling and analysing the dependencies and flows in complex systems such as products, processes and organisations. It provides a diagrammer, simulation tool, DSM tool and a variety of toolboxes. CAM is free for research, teaching and evaluation.
Edited by: John Clarkson, Claudia Eckert. Springer.
There is always room for improvement in design, whether it be a better product or for a better design process. Experience of working with automotive, aerospace and healthcare companies has shown that effective communication, management of change and process planning are essential for effective product development process.
Edited by: Peter Heisig, John Clarkson, Sandor Vajna. Springer.
This first book on Modelling and Management of Engineering Processes (MMEP) presents leading national and international research in the fields of engineering design, process modelling in engineering design and product development, and innovation management selected for the first international conference MMEP 2010.
Edited by: Peter Heisig, John Clarkson. Cambridge Engineering Design Centre.
This second book on Modelling and Management of Engineering Processes (MMEP) presents leading national and international research in the fields of engineering design, process modelling in engineering design and product development, and innovation management selected for the second international workshop MMEP 2012.
Edited by: David Wynn, Matthias Kreimeyer, Katharina Eben, Maik Maurer, Udo Lindemann, John Clarkson. Hauser Publishing.
Dependency and Structure Modelling (DSM) techniques support the management of complexity by focusing attention on the elements of a complex system and how they are related to each other. DSMs can assist in understanding, designing and optimising complex systems including products, processes and organisations.