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Master Product Model for the Support of Tighter Integration of Spatial and Functional Design



Steven J. Fenves, Young Choi, Balan Gurumoorthy, Greg Mocko, Ram D. Sriram


In this report, we review current engineering practices and the research literature in the area of design - analysis integration in the product development process. We then propose a conceptual data architecture that can provide the technical basis for making tighter analysis - design integration, analysis-driven design and, eventually, opportunistic analysis more pervasive. We examine some of the principles that may be used to organize and implement the proposed data architecture, without at this time committing to any one of the principles. We examine some of the data integration issues with a simple example. Finally, we outline some of the steps toward the acceptance and implementation of the proposed data architecture. Organizational and education/training issues that affect the lack of more intimate analysis - design integration are briefly mentioned as part of the cause of the current lack of intimate interaction, but they are not considered further in the report.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7004
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computer-aided design, computer-aided engineering, data modeling, finite element analysis, information modeling, interoperability, object-oriented modeling


Fenves, S. , Choi, Y. , Gurumoorthy, B. , Mocko, G. and Sriram, R. (2003), Master Product Model for the Support of Tighter Integration of Spatial and Functional Design, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed May 23, 2024)


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Created May 31, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021