Decision-Making in Engineering Design
We use our brains when we create plans and designs. The resulting plans and designs take physical form, however, what we thought about, the alternatives we tried, and the constraints we recognized while we were making these plans and designs are usually not written anywhere. Therefore, those who only get to see the results, e.g. the final text and drawings, do not learn what led the designer to reach such conclusions and as a consequence never understand the real design.
Decision-making in Engineering Design is the first monograph to provide a much-needed insight into the ways in which our minds behave when we make decisions, focusing particularly on decisions made about design.
Written by members of ‘The Practice of Machine Design Research Group’ and consisting of four parts, Decision-making in Engineering Design uses case studies to illustrate the decisions made by engineers in a variety of situations. A variety of diagrams are also used to express the decision processes that take place in the mind. The final part of the book focuses on a single case study which demonstrates the importance of understanding the mind processes involved in decision making.
This description of decision processes will provide the means for the development of new manufacturing systems and production activities in the future because it helps us gain a real understanding of the how the mind processes we go through when making decisions affect the decisions that we make.
Unlike other books in this area, this is the first book which attempts to explore the decision processes involved in making design choices by carefully examining what goes on in the mind when we make these decisions.This unique theory of decision making, by clarifying the process of decision making in the mind, identifies ineffective processes in design and production leading to faster design and planning time.Use of case studies to illustrate the decisions made by engineers in a variety of situations.