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CAD/CAM for Automotive Industry in RACE

Objective

The project focuses on the identification of new opportunities given by the use of IBC in the domain of CAD/CAM applications in the automotive industry in Europe.
The project focuses on the identification of new opportunities given by the use of integrated broadband communications (IBC) in the domain of computer aided design (CAD) computer aided manufacture (CAM) applications in the automotive industry in Europe.

At first the project concentrated on establishing an initial set of organisational and end user requirements and functional specification for the CAR application pilot. Next the initial application pilot design concentrated on the key areas of development:
high speed communications;
CAD/CAM applications;
multimedia services.
An experimental programme was set up based on this framework. The early phase of the pre-implemented work concentrated on the implementation of these experiments and reported on discussions about a common development platform. Then the project completed its design phase and its pre-implementation phase. Design work concentrated on the further detailed progression of individual experiments and their development into integrated prototypes. Pre-implementation of these initial designs was also completed. The experiments were further refined and more functionalities added. Usability evaluation criteria and functionality check-lists were developed. Each of the individual experiments was evaluated by experts. Existing and emerging technologies were investigated. The application model was progressed. A simulation system was developed in order to validate user requirements externally to the project.
Technical Approach

The project will follow four phases to define, design, implement and evaluate the application pilot. This will pioneer a distributed CAD/CAM application with the ability to integrate the design team, manufacturing plants and parts suppliers into one distributed entity. The use of video/voice communication will be addressed, in addition to high speed data communication, to strengthen the human-to-human relationship required in such a high-tech environment.

The evaluation of the application in the light of RACE criteria, together with user criteria defined early on in the project, should enable the consortium to contribute to a better understanding of the services and functions required in the IBC. In addition, the definition of a generic application will lead to an effective exploitation of the results shortly after the IBC becomes operational.

Key Issues
The CAR consortium represents all key areas of industry and research and, therefore, can address telecommunications, information technology and automotive issues equally.

Achievements
In 1989 the project concentrated on establishing an initial set of organisational and end-user requirements and functional specification for the CAR application pilot.

By the end of 1990 the initial application pilot design had concentrated on the key areas of development namely high speed communications, CAD/CAM applications, and multimedia services. An experimental programme was set up based on this framework. The early phase of the pre-implemented work concentrated on the implementation of these experiments and reported on discussions about a common development platform.

By the end of 1991 the project had completed its design phase and its pre-implementation phase. Design work concentrated on the further detailed progression of individual experiments, and their development into integrated prototypes. Pre-implementation of these initial designs was also completed. The experiments were further refined and more functionalities added.

Usability evaluation criteria and functionality check- lists were developed. Each of the individual experiments was evaluated by experts. Existing and emerging technologies were investigated. The application model was progressed. A simulation system was developed in order to validate user requirements externally to the project.

The work has so far resulted in 20 published papers.

Expected Impact
The pilot should lead to a generic application and effective exploitation of the advantages of a broadband distributed CAD/CAM system involving different European car manufacturers.

Coordinator

International Automotive Design (UK) Ltd
Address
Iad House Dominion Way
BN14 8LU Worthing
United Kingdom

Participants (8)

BRITISH TELECOM PLC (BT)
United Kingdom
Dowty Communications Ltd
United Kingdom
Ford (Europe)
United Kingdom
Fraunhofer Institute für Graphische Datenverarbeitung
Germany
IBM France SA
France
Loughborough University of Technology
United Kingdom
Address
The Elms Elm Grove
LE11 1RG Loughborough
Peugeot SA
France
VITEC SA
France