The effect of changes in industrial technical documentation systems from paper to multimedia, and the impact on engineering student teaching and mindset

John Lynn, R. Thomson

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    Abstract

    Over the past four years, an industrial partnership between an engineering manufacturing company (Thales Optronics , Glasgow, UK) and staff within a university engineering school (Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK) has produced research and practical outcomes in the area on multimedia conversion of technical documentation systems. The genesis of this relationship was founded within doctoral work into the crossover of design and media production skills normally associated with multimedia and web based publishing, with the increasing need for engineering companies to address issues arising from the production and use of paper based project documentation / client support. This research dialogue has inevitably required an understanding of the mindset and cultural behaviors within manufacturing industry, and the design processes engineers are taught and apply, as well as the internal organisation of a large scale (global) manufacturing company. The focus in the early portion of the research and development phase has been into areas such as interface design, user centered design and effective communication of knowledge and navigation of the same.

    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

    Keywords

    • multimedia
    • industrial
    • knowledge management
    • documentation
    • simulation
    • engineering

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