Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Smith, Brian K.

Committee Member

Babski-Reeves, Kari

Committee Member

Burch, Reuben

Committee Member

Ma, Junfeng

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Campus Access Only


Industrial and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering


The agile creation of 3D CAD platforms (3D CAD models that can be configured to obtain a family of Products) has become an important factor for increasing competitiveness of organizations that create discrete products. Design Automation (DA) is a powerful tool that can be used for speeding up and optimizing the design process of those 3D CAD platforms. Nonetheless, for effectively applying DA on the development of 3D CAD platforms it is desirable to count on tools that address the three fundamental hurdles that are also obstructing the wide adoption of DA in practice. These hurdles are the lack of identification of DA opportunities, the absence of performance metrics, and the absence of methods for continuous improvement. This dissertation contributes a set of methods and tools to incrementally improve the process for creating 3D CAD platforms towards increased automation. The tools proposed include the development of a Metrics Framework (MF) for assessing the capabilities of an organization for creating 3D CAD platforms; a method for increasing the organizational capabilities for creating 3D CAD platforms, and a method for identifying optimal improvement efforts for creating 3D CAD platforms in a multi-objective scenario