Tunnel design

Tunnel design

Designers of several disciplines need to coordinate their work to design a tunnel. This post describes a scientific case study of how to produce an integral design more efficiently.

Preparation

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Service

Name. Tunnel design.

Design object. A tunnel through rock, soil, or water.

Specifics. Fixed price.

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Situation

Description. Designers of seven different disciplines each make partial designs of a tunnel to be constructed. They align their partial designs regularly to form an integral design. When they find conflicts between their partial designs, they resolve them by modifying their partial designs.

Critical success factors. The process of finding and resolving conflicts between partial designs takes precious time.

Current position. The service is less valuable than desired.

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Ambition

Kind of advantage to achieve. Valuable in terms of team performance.

Formulation. Designers manage conflicts between their partial designs in less time.

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Possibilities

Options. Ways to improve conflict management:

  • Find a conflict between partial designs as quickly as possible.
  • Resolve a conflict between partial designs as quickly as possible.

Analysis. Worth pursuing.

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Filling out expectations

Expectations

Ways to improve conflict management:

  • Prevent a conflict between partial designs as much as possible.
  • Find a conflict between partial designs as quickly as possible.
  • Resolve a conflict between partial designs as quickly as possible.
Framing the situation

Frame

Prevention is better than cure to improve conflict management:

  • Prevent a conflict between partial designs as much as possible.
Formulating the problem

Problem

Question. How can designers prevent a conflict between partial designs as much as possible?

Issue. While making partial designs, designers do not know from each other what the other is doing.

Prognosis. Favourable: there are possibilities to do something about it.

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Devising a concept

Concept

Question. How can designers prevent a conflict between partial designs as much as possible?

Idea.

  • Express a tunnel design in a common formal digital language.
  • Process a tunnel design in a shared digital repository.
    • Create
    • Update
    • Maintain
    • Archive
Developing a solution

Solution

Idea. Express a tunnel design in a common formal digital language.

Action.

  1. Define a design ontology.
  2. Transform the design ontology in a formal meta-model.
  3. Manage the formal meta-model.
Developing a solution

Solution

Idea. Process a tunnel design in a shared digital repository.

Action.

  1. Create a digital repository.
  2. Implement the formal meta-model in the digital repository.
  3. Train designers in designing using the digital repository.
  4. Manage the digital repository.