Communication of Engineering/Design Information

You as engineers must communicate daily with each other, as well as with supervisors, management, planning/accounting, workshop/production facility, customers, other engineering groups/departments, IP officers. This requires from the team members having good communication skills. The main types of communication are oral, written and graphical, and their combinations.

Few important phases of a project requiring trusted and efficient communication are:

  • Problem Statement and Specifications

This is the first step of the project development that requires identification and establishment of the customer need. It calls for intense communication between you and client or customer. Only after the client agrees with your interpretation of the need and the methods of achieving the goal, formulation of the specs come into the picture.

  • Reports: Progress Report (optional) and Final Report (Yousef Haik, Tamer Shahin, 2011, Engineering Design Process)

The main types of the reports generated during an engineering design project are:

  1. Conceptual Design Report;
  2. Embodiment Design Report;
  3. Final Project Report.

The conceptual and embodiment design reports may not be required by the client but still can be useful as progress reports in the internal communications in the team of developers. A formal technical report is usually written at the end of a project.

  • Detailed Drawings Report

The engineering output for the purpose of production includes the drawings that convey instructions for the manufacturing of components, the assembly of components into machines, machine installations, and maintenance.

Additional information is provided by parts lists (Bill of Materials) and written specifications for assembly and testing of the product.

  • Design Notebook

Design notebook is a document mostly used by an engineer to keep track of all ideas, discussions, resources, development process in order to facilitate project management, control milestones and eliminate possible omissions. In this sense the design notebook can be considered as a personal document of the project developer.





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