The Active Knowledge Modeling approach To Configurable Product and Process Design
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This master thesis describes the first steps in the development of a new approach for effective collaborative product development and delivery. The approach is based on Active Knowledge Modeling (AKM) and the Collaborative Product and Process Design (CPPD)Methodology© from the advisory consulting firm Commitment AS. Active Knowledge Modeling is a holistic modeling approach and will together with the CPPD Methodology eventually provide support for entire product life-cycles, all the way fromcustomer need analysis to design, manufacturing and servicing. There are two main aims for this report. The first is to provide an understanding of what AKM is, and why it should be applied to develop emergent, active architectures. The second aimis to demonstrate and explain one of the CPPD modules called Configurable Visual Workplace orCWV. CVW is a workplace that is particularly useful in the early stages of product design and development, but has its advantages in all project phases. The user will be able to capture, manage, adapt and reuse all relevant information and knowledge created during the planning and execution of projects. CVW should also be able to effectively share this information with other users and enterprises, and provide the user with customizable ways of viewing the data. Access to core customer and product competence is key for the creation of value in an enterprise. A pilot Configurable Visual Workplace has already been developed at Commitment AS, and through the demonstration of this CVW, an early understanding of the advantages of working in an Active Knowledge Architecture (AKA) will surface. Some of the challenges associated with the further development of CVW and the other CPPD components will also be discussed. The chosen industrial pilot case for building such a workplace is the Shell Eco-Marathon team from NTNU with their car, the DNV Fuel Fighter. Three workplaces have been created, one for the project leader, one for the person responsible for the suspension system and one for the person responsible for the motor controller. The modeling of these workplaces, as well as themeans for the users to model information and tasks related to the project are also described inthis report. The Configurable Visual Workplace is only one of at least six CPPD components that need to be realized in order for AKM to provide a holistic approach and solution to project design and product development. The results in this report will therefore form the basis for several master theses to come, in order for the AKM approach and the CPPD methodology to be fully operational and provide maximum customer value.