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Value-driven engineering design: lessons learned from the road construction equipment industry

ABSTRACT Value models, in form of economical optimization functions, are often proposed to frontload engineering design activities. However, literature argues that, when qualitative data and assumptions prevail, a qualitative assessment of the ‘goodness’ of a design is preferable against a numerical (and monetary-based) encoding of preferences. This paper explores how a model-based approach can support […]

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Value-driven simulation: thinking together through simulation in early engineering design

ABSTRACT The topic of ‘design for value’ has lately attracted a great deal of attention within the engineering design community. ‘Predicting’ the value of a future solution is however difficult, especially in early design phases. Modelling and simulation is believed to be able to support this challenging task. A simulation process for value-driven engineering design […]

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Maturity of Models in a Multi-Model Decision Support System

Abstract To reduce uncertainty in decisions, engineers experiment with models, such as, exploring what-if scenarios, and thus increase knowledge. Still, because modelling is an idealisation of reality, there is often substantial uncertainty involved, and this decision makers less confident to lean onto models alone when making decisions. The aim of this paper is to conceptualize […]

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Simulation-driven design for assessing strategic decisions in the conceptual design of circular PSS business models

ABSTRACT Due to ever increasing challenges faced by our global society, circular design and the idea of product-service systems (PSS) is gaining traction within businesses. However, ‘predicting’ the value of a future PSS solution in the early design phases is difficult, since it requires the ability to balance long term potential with short term decisions. […]

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BTH PDRL at the 9th CIRP IPSS Conference

In their editorial, Tim McAloone, Daniela Pigosso, Niels Henrik Mortensen and Yoshiki Shimomura remind us that the philosophy behind in Industrial Product Service Systems is to create customer-oriented solutions that function for longer and thus increase resource productivity, minimise resource consumption and enhance the ultimate value-add to the end user. In this spirit, the 9th […]

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Radical Innovation Workshop; Applied healthcare and wearables

Globally, healthcare is under great pressure as the population increases; we live longer. In 2020 there will be more than 7.6 billion people. If the trend continues, a large percentage have problems with health. More than 30 percent of the world population are exercising too little, 20 percent are overweight and 13 percent are 60 […]

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Earning a PhD in Sweden; Massimo Panarotto shares his story

Who are you, and what is your background? My name is Massimo Panarotto. I come originally from Italy, where I graduated in 2011 in Mechanical Engineering at University of Padua. During the six months of my master thesis, I was an exchange student at Luleå University of Technology (LTU) at the Division of Functional Product […]

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