A well run and structured system for Managing Engineering Knowledge can literally prevent engineers from having to re-invent the wheel, saving precious expert time and effort. Exploiting the capital associated with design knowledge has been shown to release considerable savings in the cost and lead times for detail design of new products. Until now there has been no common way of collecting, structuring, and formalizing the engineering knowledge associated with designs. This not only makes it hard to plan and organize the process of building knowledge based engineering applications, but also means that updating them and re-using modules is almost impossible. MOKA - methodology and software tools oriented to knowledge-based engineering applications - was created to fill this need. It is a practical tool to help those involved with building systems that represent knowledge, rather than a set of academic principles. "Managing Engineering Knowledge" is a comprehensive user guide to the methodology.
"Managing Engineering Knowledge" caters for a wide range of people and backgrounds - including general managers operating at the strategic level, project managers, engineering designers, information technologists, system modellers, and technical analysts. The complete contents are: Knowledge based engineering; MOKA: The KBE lifecycle; Identify/justify steps; Collecting knowledge; Structuring knowledge; ICARE forms; Informal model charts; Transferring raw knowledge; Formalizing knowledge; Product model; Design process model; Transferring knowledge between informal and formal models; Using MOKA models in KBE systems; Activating models; Knowledge sharing and re-use; and the future of MOKA.