ERMM: An Engineering Requirements Management Method

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Nanxin Wang

 Vehicle Design Research & Advanced Engineering Department, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering, 2101 Village Road, P.O. Box 2053, MD3135, SRL Dearborn, MI 48121-2053, USAnwang1@ford.com

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 6(2), 196-199 (Apr 12, 2006) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2202869 History: Received January 13, 2005; Revised April 12, 2006

Automotive product development is a lengthy and complex process. There exists a large body of various requirements, standards, and regulations, which need to be followed by all engineering activities throughout the entire vehicle development process. The underlying relationships between these requirements are very complicated. Although most of engineering requirements can be found in various engineering databases, it is the lack of the underlying relationship between the requirements and their association with the design that makes it extremely difficult for even experienced engineers to follow the requirements in their day-to-day work. This paper introduces an engineering requirements management method that captures these interrelationships and associations using a matrix-based representation. A case study with a real automotive component is also presented.

Copyright © 2006 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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Engineering requirements management complexity

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ERMM matrix of matrices

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An A-pillar cross section

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A-pillar ERMM matrices



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