A field study of the industrial modeling process

B. A. Foss, B. Lohmann, W. Marquardt

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This paper analyzes the modeling process by means of a field study in the chemical industries. A diversified set of experienced modelers from two different countries have been interviewed using a case study approach. The interviews focussed on the modeling process. Other issues like life-cycle perspectives and the use of modeling in the process industries were treated as well. The information has been summarized and presented in a structured manner imposing the least possible bias from the authors. Based on the interview information the modeling process is discussed in detail. Further, fundamental research issues are identified, and a research agenda is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-338
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Process Control
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Case study approach
  • Computer-aided modeling
  • Dynamic modeling
  • Process models


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