Vision, Trends, Gaps, and a Broad Road Map for Future Engineering

Vision, Trends, Gaps, and a Broad Road Map for Future Engineering

Jan Goossenaerts (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands), Frank Possel-Dolken (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) and Keith Popplewell (Coventry University, UK)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/jec.2007100101
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New challenges result from the virtualization and distribution of product development activities. This article analyzes problems of cooperative engineering as well as methods and tools for the virtual engineering of extended products. Based on these analyses, a broad road map is proposed that articulates public- and civil-sector roles in coping with future engineering challenges. With a strategic horizon, the public-sector role targets the creation of a knowledge-intensive global business ecosystem conducive to balanced civil-sector innovation and sustainable growth. The civil-sector roles evolve tactics that implement proven cooperative and virtual engineering practices with a focus on value creation.

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