Configuration Management

Configuration Management in Through-Life Engineering, Reading University

Complex engineering projects generate significant repositories of data: these are used in decision-making in project delivery; and are re-used in the operation of the asset. Configuration management is the process of maintaining system integrity, while handling change to both the data-set and the real-world engineering systems it describes over time. It is not a new concept, but its implementation is radically changing as data becomes integrated and used more systematically through-life; and as the quantity and formats of data raise new challenges and opportunities

This feasibility study aims to examine configuration management as part of the field of through-life engineering services. The objectives are to:

  1. Review leading configuration management activity in through-life engineering: comparing and contrasting configuration practices, e.g. in Crossrail, CERN and Airbus;
  2. Use this review to identify key challenges and research questions for next-generation systems that support innovative manufacturing while maintaining the integrity of engineering data through life;
  3. Make links between the trajectory of research underlying this study and the initial projects and existing feasibility studies of the Through-life Engineering Services Centre; and
  4. Develop a programme of research on next-generation configuration management that brings together expertise across a new consortium of industrial and academic partners to advance understanding of through-life engineering systems.

Awarded to: Jennifer Whyte