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Automated Engineering Schedule Algorithm

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043538D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Calloway, CB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a graphical system which stores, retrieves, edits, tracks, audits, sorts, combines, formats and encodes engineering data for the generation of engineering schedules/drawings. The system is particularly helpful in the revision of engineering layout drawings. The graphic system includes a plurality of software modules 10, a series of partition data sets 12, and time sharing operating system 14. The time sharing operation system supports algorithms residing in the software modules and file manipulation language on a common data base with links to a computer-assisted graphics system (plotter). The graphic system provides the following functions.

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Automated Engineering Schedule Algorithm

This article describes a graphical system which stores, retrieves, edits, tracks, audits, sorts, combines, formats and encodes engineering data for the generation of engineering schedules/drawings. The system is particularly helpful in the revision of engineering layout drawings. The graphic system includes a plurality of software modules 10, a series of partition data sets 12, and time sharing operating system 14. The time sharing operation system supports algorithms residing in the software modules and file manipulation language on a common data base with links to a computer-assisted graphics system (plotter). The graphic system provides the following functions. (1) Allows the user to specify the variable mnemonics and alphanumeric formats of the engineering data to be

inputted; (2) Allows the user to input the engineering data

specified in (1) above; (3) Updates related layout drawings in accordance with the data entered in (2) above; (4) Allows the user to specify the variable mnemonics of alphanumeric formats of the engineering data to be

outputted; (5) Allows the user to specify the relationships

between the data inputted in (2) and the output data

specified in (4) above; (6) Allows the user to specify graphic formats onto which the output data will be scheduled; (7) Compiles the output data as specified in (5); (8) Sorts the output data as necessary to satisfy the graphic format specified in (6) above; (9) Encodes the output data to be compatible with data formatted in the graphics system; (10) Generates a merged graphic data mark model of the scheduled formats specified in (6) above and the output

data encoded in (9) above; (11) Produces a hard copy graphic output of the merged graphic data model in (10) above; (12) Produces a report of significant activities occurring within the generation of data processed/updated.

The user interface for functions (1) through (5) above is accomplished by means of menu selections and responses to parameter prompt messages via an interactive data entry terminal. The user has the alternative in function (2) of specifying an automatic attribute query of desired graphic models as a method of data entry instead of or in addition to manual entry. Any item of input data of function
(2) is automatically added to the proper graphic model and defines identifying attributes if the symbol element does not exist in the model. The manual entry allows for tailoring/edit of automatic graphic symbols once in model. The input variable set specified in function (1), data entries of function (2), the output variable sets ...