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Active Design Documents: A New Approach for Supporting Documentation in Preliminary Routine Design

TitleActive Design Documents: A New Approach for Supporting Documentation in Preliminary Routine Design
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsGarcia, ACristina B, Howard, CH, Stefik, M
IssueTR082
Date Published02/1993
PublisherCIFE
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsActive Design Documents, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, CIFE, Design, Documentation, Stanford University
AbstractThe report describes a new approach to design documentation that increases the quality of documents without increasing the designer's overhead in creating them. The central idea is to create an initial design model able to generate and explain standard design decisions. Instead of recording their decisions, designers adjust the initial design model. The result is no longer a sialic record of Ihe design, but an active document containing a design model able to generate explanations for a design. We have implemented a software prototype for the active documents approach in the domain of preliminary design of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems (HVAC). The prototype test results indicate that the approach is feasible. The results also indicate that aciive documents can be used beyond documentation as a tool for studying design process.
URLhttps://purl.stanford.edu/dm643ry3036
PDF Linkhttps://stacks.stanford.edu/file/druid:dm643ry3036/TR082.pdf
Citation Key1006