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Finding and Understanding Reusable Designs from Large Hierarchical Repositories

Peter Demian, Renate Fruchter
2006 Information Visualization  
This paper describes a prototype called CoMem (Corporate Memory) that supports the finding and understanding of useful items in large hierarchical repositories.  ...  Once an item from the treemap is selected, CoMem supports the understanding of that item by identifying related items in the hierarchy and visualizing the selected item in the context of these related  ...  Why is it that design reuse is very effective when one is reusing knowledge from one's own personal experiences or internal memory, but is often unsuccessful when one is reusing designs from an external  ... 
doi:10.1057/palgrave.ivs.9500114 fatcat:mjbcfg63vfacnjzkpqy56emsji

An ethnographic study of design knowledge reuse in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry

Peter Demian, Renate Fruchter
2006 Research in Engineering Design  
This ethnographic study was used to develop a corporate memory, a rich, detailed repository of knowledge in context. The corporate memory will support finding and understanding.  ...  Both of these observations are attributed to the effectiveness of internal knowledge reuse, the reuse of knowledge from one's personal experiences.  ...  Manuscript of  ... 
doi:10.1007/s00163-006-0010-x fatcat:uk63i4ihojeenfwj5cql72wm44

Information Retrieval from Civil Engineering Repositories: Importance of Context and Granularity

Peter Demian, Panos Balatsoukas
2012 Journal of computing in civil engineering  
Information retrieval from civil engineering repositories: the importance of context and granularity.  ...  Acknowledgements This research was supported by the Leverhulme Trust through a Fellowship to Peter Demian.  ...  CoMem enabled designers to explore an item's context, thus supporting a better understanding of the item's relevance to an information need.  ... 
doi:10.1061/(asce)cp.1943-5487.0000229 fatcat:noqhppd6indh3ad73tohijz6ti

Corporate Memory in Action

Renate Fruchter, Peter Demian
2002 Computing in Civil Engineering (2002)   unpublished
We call a repository of such knowledge in context the corporate memory. We describe empirical observations of designers reusing knowledge from their personal design experiences.  ...  We illustrate the use of a prototype system, called CoMem, that supports these activities with an industry case study.  ...  CoMem uses the Treemap Java Library by Christophe Bouthier, and the Latent Semantic Indexing software by Telcordia Technologies.  ... 
doi:10.1061/40652(2003)8 fatcat:7giqpnzch5htje4xnmwkvci34u

Turning A/E/C Knowledge into Working Knowledge

Renate Fruchter, Peter Demian, Zhen Yin, Greg Luth
2003 Towards a Vision for Information Technology in Civil Engineering   unpublished
This paper presents A/E/C industry needs, emerging information technologies, and applications for knowledge capture, sharing, and re-use that can enable corporations to turn knowledge into working knowledge  ...  This paper presents four scenarios and technologies that support knowledge capture, sharing and re-use and discuss them in the larger perspective of industry practice today and beyond.  ...  Acknowledgements Projects sponsored by Cisco, Obayashi Corporation, the UPS Endowment Fund, Wallenberg Global Learning Network, the Project Based Learning Laboratory and CIFE at Stanford have partially  ... 
doi:10.1061/40704(2003)12 fatcat:tueeoiwdenby5dq2nnthuydg2y

Towards a Framework to Support Engineering Design Student Projects

Sharad Oberoi
This process often involves reuse of prior knowledge and the creation of new knowledge within the context of the problem.  ...  However, as the project proceeds, locating the right piece of information from the multiple sources becomes an increasingly difficult task.  ...  . 1993) , integrated design information system (IDIS) (Goodwin et al. 1997 ), a prototype repository of reusable design knowledge, also known as corporate memory or CoMem (Fruchter et al. 2002) .  ... 
doi:10.1184/r1/6724013 fatcat:vlap7vsdinc2nbyhgof6kzg7gq