Posted 23 October 2020 in Engineering, Space, Whitepapers.

How Individual Learning Models and Didactic Methodologies Will Change After the Coronavirus Pandemic: The Case of Concurrent Engineering

The concurrent design methodology offers significant benefits for the creation of complex systems such as spacecraft, ships and factories. Stakeholders can share knowledge, designs, data and documents, working together in parallel instead of sequentially, saving money and speeding up the overall process.

In this whitepaper, the authors, including Marco Lisi, RHEA Group Strategic Advisor, look at how both digital advances and the COVID-19 pandemic affect individuals’ learning and processes, with special attention to the role of social interaction involved in concurrent design.

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Numerous scientific research studies have addressed the impact of social interaction processes on the mechanisms that regulate the levels of individual learning and on teaching methods.

The role of social interactions is particularly evident in concurrent and collaborative environments, such as the Concurrent Design Facility (CDF), developed and successfully operating at ESTEC [ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre] since 1998.

Concurrency and collaborative approaches are as much cultural as social mind-sets and a key factor in the success of concurrent engineering practices lies in establishing the right alchemy between technical challenges and social interactions.

The paper analyzes the effects on people’s processes and learning levels as a result of the transformations caused by the digital revolution and the global pandemic, highlighting some potentially positive evolutions.

How Individual Learning Models and Didactic Methodologies Will Change After The Coronavirus Pandemic: The Case Of Concurrent Engineering
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RHEA Group and ESA’s Concurrent Design Facility

RHEA is a long-time partner of the ESA CDF. The onsite CDF team includes RHEA system engineers and IT infrastructure contractors and we are a proactive partner in the development of related standards and tooling, such as ECSS-E-TM-10-25, the ESA Open Concurrent Design Tool (OCDT) and our own open source CDP4® solution.

Current projects such as the Digital Engineering Hub Pathfinder and Generative Concurrent Design are executed from the RHEA Diegem Centre of Excellence, expanding the ECSS-E-TM-10-25 ecosystem with domain-specific tool integration and generative design capabilities. Through our open source CDP4, RHEA promotes the use of the ESA-born concurrent design methodology, both inside and outside of the space domain, providing feedback to ESA on the lessons learned from academia and industry alike.

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