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A Model for the Flow of Design Information in OpenADE



Steven Shooter, Walid Keirouz, Simon Szykman, Steven J. Fenves


This working document describes OpenADE's agent-based architecture. The goal for developing this architecture is to support information exchange and interoperability between design agents throughout the life-cycle of an artifact. The architecture itself is based on a design workspace that is shared between a large variety of agents---independent tools. The agents interact with the design workspace using existing or proposed standards-based translators. The approach for developing these standards assumes that a semantic model underlying the domain of assembly design exists. The first step needed to develop standardized translators for an agent's domain is to formalize the semantics of the agent's domain and map these semantics onto those of assembly design. The information exchange is then standardized to operate at the appropriate level of abstraction.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6746
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design, design process, engineering information management, information flow, knowledge representation


Shooter, S. , Keirouz, W. , Szykman, S. and Fenves, S. (2001), A Model for the Flow of Design Information in OpenADE, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created May 31, 2001, Updated October 12, 2021