ONE FOOT IN JAIL: MITIGATING THE INFLUENCE OF ERRORS ON THE OUTCOME OF DESIGN PROCESSES FOR INDUSTRIAL PLANT
From the perspective of practicing designers of industrial plant, there is a need for design science to acknowledge the fact that a mountain of decisions has to be got through, while minimising errors and omissions to manageable levels, and that these decisions need to be made in varying decision environments. On the basis of experience and observation, we reconceptualise the design process and decision environments within which engineers strive to manage their error outcomes. A characteristic decision map is proposed, with which the risks of errors, and other difficulties associated with a design task, can be assessed in terms of the decision environments in which the decisions are to be made, so that these difficulties can be managed.
Keywords: errors in engineering design processes