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Vol. 86, Issue 12, December 2007, pp.1788-1793




A Cost Effective Approach to Designing Control and Measurement Systems


Robert J. PAWLEY

Industrial Design Works Corporation

Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

Tel.: 250-493-6146, E-mail: rjpawley@shaw.ca



 Received: 29 January 2007   /Accepted: 20 December 2007   /Published: 26 December 2007


Abstract: Since its inception in the 1940’s, even with the recent advent of computing power, the tasks required for the design of control and measurement systems have little changed. Extensive resources are still required to develop facts, establish those facts on drawings, relate those facts one to another, distribute those facts between necessary documents and track and organize the project as a whole. Design time for projects is measured in man-weeks or man-months.


A much less costly design technique is to develop project “knowledge” using “smart”, dynamic, interactive information enclosed within a single file. A project tool that becomes “knowledge” about the project greatly reduces man-hour costs, increases project flexibility and becomes a driving force for both local and global project changes.


Keywords: Design costs, Design knowledge, Project knowledge


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