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Engineering Design Centre

Knowledge Management Group


Knowledge Management Group

Knowledge Management Group

Capture, storage and retrieval of engineering knowledge

The Knowledge Management Group researches the role of engineering knowledge, and in particular design rationale, within ever-changing organisations. In particular, we are researching how the management of engineering knowledge and design rationale can add value to new products and services:

  • by embedding methods for the capture of design rationale into design practice;
  • by developing appropriate techniques for the long-term storage of design rationale;
  • by understanding how the timely retrieval of design rationale impacts design practice.

Our research is driven by practice. We are working with Rolls-Royce and have built a strong track record for developing and delivering tools into practice within the organisation. Our work is based on a deep undertanding of how engineering knowledge is created and shared withing engineering teams.

We have two particular research strategies to ensure success not only in research, but also in changing practice: the use of observational studies in industry to obtain data and identify issues; and the rapid development, testing and integration of robust prototype software tools.

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Book front cover

Engineering Design - A Systematic Approach

G. Pahl, W. Beitz, J. Feldhusen, K.H. Grote. Edited by: Ken Wallace, Lucienne Blessing. Springer.

Effective engineering design must be carefully planned and systematically executed. In particular, engineering design methods must integrate the many different aspects of designing and the priorities of the end-user. This book teaches the methods and ideas of engineering design as a condition of successful product development.

Book front cover

Engineering Design - Theory and Practice

Edited by: John Clarkson, Mari Huhtala. Cambridge Engineering Design Centre.

This book marks Ken Wallace's contribution to the EDC, to Cambridge University and to the international design community. Distinguished colleagues and friends have prepared 15 chapters to form a valuable collection of papers covering a wide range of topics, a record of the directions and priorities of design research in 2005.