Computational model


A computer-generated virtual realisation of an outcome[3], process, or system[4] used for conceptual design[1] and modelling[2] to represent, communicate, and assess physical and functional attributes.

Terms definitions
1. conceptual design. A way to describe a proposed technological outcome using a visual method – for example a to-scale plan or drawing Related Articles: Glossary: Computer Simulation« Back to Glossary Index
2. modelling. Technological modelling is the testing of design ideas to see if they can contribute to a fit-for-purpose technological outcome. There are two types of technological modelling: Functional modelling is the ongoing testing of design concepts Prototyping is the realisation of a fully functioning model Taken together, the two types of modelling provide evidence of factors […]
3. outcome. Products and systems developed through Technological Practice for a specific purpose. A technological outcome is evaluated in terms of its fitness for purpose, and can be described by their physical and functional nature. Related Articles: Glossary: Computer Simulation« Back to Glossary Index
4. system. A set of interconnected parts designed to transform, store, transport or control materials, energy and/or information. Related Articles: Glossary: Computer Simulation« Back to Glossary Index