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Proceedings of CAD'16, 2016, 49-54
Pseudo-Singleton Pattern and Agnostic Business Layer for Multi-Engineer, Synchronous, Heterogeneous CAD

K. Eric Bowman, C. Greg Jensen, Devin Shumway, Brigham Young University

Abstract. Engineering companies are sociotechnical systems in which engineers, designers, analysts, etc. use a wide array of software tools as they follow prescribed product development processes. The purpose of these amalgamated systems is to develop new products as quickly as possible while maintaining quality as well as meeting customer and market demands. Task speed up in a parallelized system can be modeled by Amdahl’s law and so is governed by how much of a process can be parallelized. Researchers at Brigham Young University have shortened engineering design cycle times through the development of synchronous collaborative CAD tools. Other research teams have shortened design cycle times by extending seamless interoperability across heterogeneous design tools and domains. Multi-engineer synchronous (MES) collaboration across heterogeneous CAD environments is the focus of this paper. A logical architecture that supports both MES collaboration and interoperability is defined and tested for robustness and proposed as the start of a new standard for interoperability.

Keywords. Heterogeneous CAD, Neutral Format, MESH CAD

DOI: 10.14733/cadconfP.2016.49-54