Capturing design dynamics - the CONCORD approach
Proceedings of 1994 IEEE 10th International Conference on Data Engineering
Computer-Supported Cooperative Work' is a young research area considering applications with strong demands on database technology. Especially design applications need support for cooperation and some means for controlling their inherent dynamics. However, today's CAD systems mostly consisting of a collection of diverse design tools typically do not support these requirements. Therefore, an encompassing processing model is needed that covers the overall design process in general as well as
... al as well as CAD-tool application in particular. As a consequence, this model has to be rich enough to reflect the major characteristics of design processes, e.g., goal-orientation, hierarchical refinement, stepwise improvement as well as team-orientation and cooperation. The CONCORD model that will be described in this paper, reflects the distinct properties of design process dynamics by distinguishing three levels of abstraction. The highest level supports application-specific cooperation control and design process administration, the second considers goal-oriented tool invocation and work-flow management while the third level provides tool processing of design data. To achieve level-spanning control, we rely on transactional facilities provided at the various system layers.