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Database Management Systems in Engineering



KC Morris, Mary Mitchell, Christopher E. Dabrowski, Elizabeth N. Fong


Until recently, the applicability of database technology to engineering systems has been limited. Early database systems addressed large-scale data processing needs of easily automatable applications. These applications were characterized by very uniform data and well understood processing methods. Engineering applications, on the other hand, are characterized by highly complex data with very variable structure. The need to represent engineering data has driven advances in database technology.

Engineering domains also impose unique, new requirements on other aspects of database technology. In particular, to support the evolutionary nature of the engineering environment, recent developments in database technology have focused on the temporal dimensions of data management. In addition, the present trend in manufacturing towards concurrent engineering raises new considerations for the cooperative use of data in a distributed engineering environment. All of these factors are reflected in the new generation of database systems and described in the article.

NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 4976
Report Number


data processing, database management system, engineering


Morris, K. , Mitchell, M. , Dabrowski, C. and Fong, E. (1992), Database Management Systems in Engineering, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created December 31, 1991, Updated October 12, 2021