Liu, S. and Duffy, A.H.B. and Whitfield, R.I. and Boyle, I.M. and Wang, Wenjuan and Mohamed, K. (2009) Decision-focussed resource modelling for design decision support. In: 17th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED `09), 2009-08-24 - 2009-08-27, Stanford, USA.
Resource management including resource allocation, levelling, configuration and monitoring has been recognised as critical to design decision making. It has received increasing research interests in recent years. Different definitions, models and systems have been developed and published in literature. One common issue with existing research is that the resource modelling has focussed on the information view of resources. A few acknowledged the importance of resource capability to design management, but none has addressed the evaluation analysis of resource fitness to effectively support design decisions. This paper proposes a decision-focused resource model framework that addresses the combination of resource evaluation with resource information from multiple perspectives. A resource management system constructed on the resource model framework can provide functions for design engineers to efficiently search and retrieve the best fit resources (based on the evaluation results) to meet decision requirements. Thus, the system has the potential to provide improved decision making performance compared with existing resource management systems.
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