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  • ISBN: 9780135256503
  • ISBN10: 013525650X

Understanding Engineering Design: Context, Theory and Practice

by Birmingham, Richard
Cleland, Graham
Driver, Robert
Maffin, David

  • List Price: $83.99
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
  • Publish date: 11/20/1996
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Description: An accessible overview of the most important issues in engineering design.
-- Presents design in the wider context, helping readers establish links with the management goals their designs seek to achieve.
-- Focuses on the role of information and the importance of information-related skills.
-- Covers the most important debates impacting engineering design for the past 30 years.

Presents a detailed, up-to-date introduction to the most important issues of engineering design, for both practitioners and students.

This book covers the context, theory and practice of engineering design. The first section presents detailed descriptions of the working environment of designers, and wide-ranging discussions of their role and responsibilities in the commercial and professional context. The second section contains a survey of the development of design theory, and current debates among design methodologists. The final section examines the practice of engineering design, the nature of design problems, and a summary of the tools available to assist. Throughout, the book emphasizes the constraints in which designers must work, the links between design and innovation, the importance of information, and the care with which new ideas must be handled to ensure their successful introduction.

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