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Needs analysis of computer simulations within ABB
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A needs analysis of the computer simulation area within ABB is performed, to create input for a coming strategy formulation. The needs analysis is performed in two parts, where part 1 is presented in this report.

Needs are gathered through six qualitative interviews with respondents from different stakeholder groups from ABB Corporate Reseach Centers (CRCs); Simulation expert, technical manager and Program Manager. The target population of the study is mainly the Business Units (BUs). Based on the needs gathering, three different approaches of using computer simulations within ABB are found:

· Simulation support: CRC simulation experts perform simulations on the request of BU, and deliver the result back.

· Simulation tools: CRC simulation experts develop and deliver a simulation tool to BU, enabling the BU side to perform the simulations on their own.

· CAD-embedded simulation: BU uses CAD-embedded simulation, effectively integrating the simulations into the design phase, enabling the design engineer.

Simulation support is not seen to grow in the future, however two of six respondents believe in increased simulation volume in general, which will increase the need for this approach also. Four out of six respondents believe in an increasing need for the approach simulation tools. An important question connected to this approach is the future responsibility of maintenance of the tools. The future need for CAD-embedded simulation is considered to be increasing by five out of six respondents, and the respondents belive this category is the most important, but much work must be done by CRC for BU to adopt the approach.

The results will be used for the Needs analysis: Part 2, where a questionnaire is sent out to a broader audience including the BU side.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Företagsekonomiska institutionen , 2007. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
ABB, Need analysis, Computer simulations
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-8137OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-8137DiVA: diva2:131611
Available from: 2007-07-18 Created: 2007-07-18

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