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The potential for error in communications between engineering designers

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Joan Harvey


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This study concerns the issues that engineering designers face when working with other engineers from different disciplinary backgrounds and operating across different cultures. There is much anecdotal evidence that, for example, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software engineers and instrumentation engineers use different lexical terms and have different understandings of technical phrases, so in a complex design collaboration situation there is huge potential for misunderstanding and error. When these are coupled with cross-cultural issues that might involve problems associated with time and deadlines, quality and standards, specifications and units of measurement, then the situation presents many more opportunities for error and unreliability. This study assesses the literature relating to cross-culture for a 9 countries cooperating in an EU-funded project ImportNET and analyses a scenario based on a real collaborative design project. The basis for the scenario to be modelled and the potential for this study to be extended to other countries and domains are examined.

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Author(s): Harvey J, Jamieson R, Pearce K

Editor(s): S Martorell, C Guedes Soares and J Barnett

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications

Year: 2009

Volume: 2

Pages: 1447-1454

Print publication date: 22/09/2008

Number of Volumes: 4

Publisher: CRC Press

Place Published: London

Notes: Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2008) and 17th SRA-Europe, Valencia, Spain, September 22-25, 2008

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 0415485134