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Ontological Product Modeling for Collaborative Design



Conrad E. Bock, XuanFang Zha, Hyo W. Suh, Jae H. Lee


This paper presents a product modeling language for collaborative design that has the benefits of ontology and expanded capabilities in conventional product modeling. The proposed approach uses ontology to increase flexibility and accuracy in combining, refining, and checking consistency of requirements and designs from multiple, disparate sources, and model-based approaches to develop more powerful, engineering-friendly languages for using ontology. It can capture partial and high-level models in early stages of design, as well as more complete and detailed models in later stages, and supports reliable interpretation of models across the product lifecycle. Examples are given in a proof-of-concept implementation.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7643
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collaborative design, heterogeneous application, information exchange, interoperability, ontology, Product models


Bock, C. , Zha, X. , Suh, H. and Lee, J. (2009), Ontological Product Modeling for Collaborative Design, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 21, 2024)


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Created October 30, 2009, Updated November 10, 2018