Papers and Reports:
Brinke, E. Lutters, T. Streppel, H. Kals: Cost estimation architecture
integrated cost control based on information management.
describe a cost estimation architecture and a related cost estimation
applicable in product development cycle as defined in an manufacturing
engineering reference model (MERM) described by some of the authors
The architecture consists of four functions: cost estimation,
monitoring, cost calculation and cost modelling. Cost estimation is
engineering specifications and a cost model providing relevant cost
Actual costs are gathered through the monitoring function, which are
calculate the actual product costs. The latter are compared with the
costs leading to improved cost models.
management is based on the reference model and identifies three
structures relating to product, resource and order. These structures
partitioned in domains which represent different aspect systems onto
focussed and partial representations can be created by means of views,
cost views. The related software architecture identifies six functional
modules: cost models, cost determination, cost reports, data analysis,
analysis and data tuning, which are to be controlled by the information
management system. An earlier implementation for a sheet metal
been reported elsewhere.
Journal of CIM, Vol. 17, Nr. 6, pp 534-545 (2004)
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