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Re: Data Visualization in Design for Environment/Enviro Conscious Des ign& Manufacturing?

Would the schemes for designing substitute materials count?  I'm talking
about the ones that plot chemical characteristics on various axes and build
compounds using structure-based activity relationships or group contribution
theory, adding functional groups until the compound has properties that are
within desired limits.  This would be hard for most people to visualize in
more than three dimensions (three characteristics), but it might be an
interesting microscale example.  The material I have on this is from K.
Joback at Molecular Knowledge Systems and it's from 1992, surely there is
something more recent out there than that.

Happy holidays, all.  Are we not in for any seasonally appropriate rhyming
parodies this year, Scot?

Kirsten Sinclair Rosselot, P.E.
Process Profiles
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-----Original Message-----
From: Butner, Robert S <butner@battelle.org>
To: 'ECDM@pdomain.uwindsor.ca' <ECDM@pdomain.uwindsor.ca>; P2TECH (E-mail)
Date: Sunday, December 13, 1998 12:44 PM
Subject: Data Visualization in Design for Environment/Enviro Conscious Des
ign& Manufacturing?

>List members --
>Greetings!  I'm currently involved in a research effort which focuses on
>role of visualization in Design for the Environment, particularly as it
>relates to manufactured objects (e.g., product design) and material (e.g.,
>process design).  In my preliminary attempts to review the literature in
>this area, I find that an enormous body of research is available regarding
>visualization of environmental data for geographic space (e.g., GIS-based
>approaches for natural resource planning, etc).
>I am not having as much luck in finding research related to visualization
>engineering design decision spaces.  What I have in mind are
>tools** to help designers (whether working on formal DfE tasks or not) to
>better understand the environmental implications of design choices, at all
>levels of design from conceptualization to material or equipment
>I am particularly interested in work which emphasizes the following:
>* characterization of design "decision space" in various design
>contexts -- i.e., what are the dimensions of decision space?
>* discussion of useful metaphors for visualizing abstract decision
>spaces -- i.e., how has the decision space been depicted?
>* discussion/description of actual prototypes or finished tools which
>are available in the public domain  -- i.e., what has already been done?
>* discussion of how visualization tools have been integrated into
>existing design environments -- i.e., how do these concepts link to
>programs, process simulation tools, etc?
>Any suggestions on papers, research groups, web sites, or other sources of
>information relevant to this topic would be appreciated.  Since I am
>continuing with my conventional literature search, I am especially
>interested in unpublished papers or work-in-progress.
>Results will be shared with the list, contingent upon finding anything
>Scott Butner (rs_butner@pnl.gov)
>Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Technology Division
>Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
>4000 NE 41st Street, Seattle WA   98105
>(206)-528-3290 voice/(206)-528-3552 fax