A philosophy for the implementation of C.A.E.

Miller, A.J., 1991. A philosophy for the implementation of C.A.E. MPhil, Nottingham Trent University.

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In 1987, Boart UK Ltd approached Nottingham Polytechnic with the objective of setting up a Teaching Company Scheme. Boart had decided that to meet its business goals for the future, successful exploitation of computer technology was necessary, specifically in the technical activities of the company.

The project started in August 1987 with the author being appointed as a Teaching Company Associate, and the first period of work was devoted to establishing what advantages and disadvantages the company would obtain from computer implementation.

Once it was established that potential gains existed in areas of design, design management and in effective application of the information captured and used during the design process, a preliminary assessment was undertaken of the computer marketplace.

An appreciable period of time was subsequently devoted to preparing suitable benchmark tests truly representative of the environment and manner in which the chosen system would have to function. Five vendors were subjected to these tests and a proposal from Cadlinc was ultimately accepted.

Once installed, a period of programming was undertaken, to take the system that had shown it had the greatest potential to fulfil the company's requirement, to a level that actually fulfilled that requirement. This was achieved by the creation of "DOMS", the Design Office Management System.

It is suggested that the benchmark was the key factor in the evaluation process, due mainly to the commercial nature of the computer marketplace. Whilst the buyer's requirement can be based on technical suitability, the vendors will be based on profitability. The benchmark was found to be necessary in pursuing technical satisfaction in a commercial environment.

Whether the system was implemented successfully or not, could not be determined without first taking into account the original requirements of the company. Measuring implementation was discussed as were the components that were necessary for its success. In this context, the implementation was deemed successful for Boart UK.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Miller, A.J.
Date: 1991
ISBN: 9781369317169
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 01 Oct 2020 14:43
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2023 10:27
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/41076

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