An Analysis of Risk and Function Information in Early Stage Design
The concept of function offers a high potential for thinking and reasoning about designs as well as providing a common thread for relating together other design information. This paper focuses specifically on risk data by examining how this information is addressed for a design team conducting early stage design for space missions. Sample risk information is decomposed into a set of key attributes which are then used to scrutinize the risk information using three approaches from the pragmatics sub-field of linguistics; i) Gricean, ii) Relevance Theory, and iii) Functional Analysis. Based on the deficiencies identified in this analysis, the concepts of functional templates and a risk worksheet are used to suggest corrective actions for improving treatment of risk data by explicitly accounting for five risk attributes developed in this work.
M. Van Wie et al., "An Analysis of Risk and Function Information in Early Stage Design," Proceedings of 2005 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Sep 2005.
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Gricean; Relevance Theory; Design; Functional Analysis; Risk; Space Missions
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