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Paper w78-2005-a4-2-alda:
Integrated Multiagent and Peer-to-Peer based Workflow-Control of Dynamic Networked Co-operations in Structural Design

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S Alda, A B Cremers, J Bilek & D Hartmann

Integrated Multiagent and Peer-to-Peer based Workflow-Control of Dynamic Networked Co-operations in Structural Design

Abstract: Modern engineering projects in the application domain of structural design are organized in networked co-operations due to permanently enlarged competition pressure and a high degree of complexity while performing concurrent design activities. One of the major challenges of these networked co-operations constitutes the coordination of the activities of all involved participants. In the course of our common research activities, we have developed two different directions for coordinating these projects: i) a workflow-based concept regulating the activities explicitly by a global workflow model (University of Bochum) and ii) an awareness model that allows to perceive activities of other protagonists and to derive new activities mentally. This paper describes a novel integration approach of these two models: according to the global workflow model, users can be connected through awareness channels that enable them to detect potential inconsistencies during their concurrent modeling activities. Inconsistencies that would otherwise remain in the project progress can thus be discovered at a very early stage.

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