This paper describes the information model and data management methods developed for the global database of a Concurrent Engineering environment for mechanical system design and evaluation. The environment considered has a CAD system and four CAE applications. The information model supports these engineering disciplines through multiple, unrestricted product composition hierarchies and a shared product definition. The dependency between the shared product definition and application models and between attributes of the parameterized, shared product definition are analyzed. The data management method employs a versioning policy that maintains consistent representations and history of the design as it undergoes design change transactions.

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