2Engineering Notebook What Is an Engineering Notebook? Why Keep an Engineering Notebook?Who Keeps an Engineering Notebook?ContentsEngineering Notebook SectionsBest Practices
3What Is an Engineering Notebook? Engineering Design and DevelopmentLesson 1.1 Overview and ExpectationsWhat Is an Engineering Notebook?An engineering notebook is a book in which an engineer will formally document, in chronological order, all of his/her work that is associated with a specific design project.®istockphoto.comClear and detailed description of your design processAn engineering notebook should be clear and detailed enough that another person, unfamiliar with your work, could pick up your work where you left off without any additional information.
4Why Keep an Engineering Notebook? Engineering Design and DevelopmentLesson 1.1 Overview and ExpectationsWhy Keep an Engineering Notebook?An engineer’s notebook is recognized as a legal document that is used in patent activities to…Prove the origin of an idea that led to a solutionProve diligence in turning the idea into a solutionProve when an idea became a working solution (“reduced to practice”).®istockphoto.comAn engineering notebook is your proof that your design was your idea. It also provides a record of the timing of the design idea.
5Who Keeps an Engineering Notebook? Engineering Design and DevelopmentLesson 1.1 Overview and ExpectationsWho Keeps an Engineering Notebook?Engineers that work on R & DLegal documentation of workContinuity in projectsCollege engineering studentsDevelop time management skillsImprove research, documentation and communication skillsBasis for professional presentation of work®istockphoto.comIn addition to individual inventors that may eventually want to claim intellectual property rights for a new idea or product, research and development firms as well as companies that perform their own R & D require their engineers to keep engineering notebooks to provide evidence when seeking a patent and to facilitate the continuity of a project when there are personnel changes on a project.In addition, many college engineering programs require students to keep an engineering journal as process documentation of a project. Fully documenting the design process provides students will an opportunity to gain experience and skills that are important in the engineering profession.
6Contents Discovering the problem Research Presentation NameEngineering Design and DevelopmentLesson #.# Lesson NameContentsDiscovering the problemResearchSketches with labels and descriptionsBrainstormingCalculationsYour daily thoughts and ideasPicturesExpert input (names, positions, contact info, details of conversations)Work session and meeting summariesTest procedures, results, and conclusionsDigital technical drawingsDesign modificationsAn engineering notebook should provide a record of everything related to a design project. This list is not all-inclusive. Everything you do or think about with respect to the design project should be included in the engineering notebook. Pictures are an excellent way to document parts of your process and can provide evidence that words alone can not convey. Take pictures throughout the process and insert them into your engineering notebook.Everything you do/think related to a specific design project
7Engineering Notebook Sections Engineering Design and DevelopmentLesson 1.1 Overview and ExpectationsEngineering Notebook SectionsTitle PageTable of ContentsGeneral Chronological EntriesReferencesBusiness/Expert ContactsYou should include a title page and table of contents at the front of your engineering notebook. Set up separate sections within your engineering notebook for general chronological daily entries (which can include any combination of notes, sketches, images, summaries, technical drawings, etc. related to the project). Include a References section to list reference sources using APA citation. Leave several pages at the back of your engineering notebook for a Contacts section to list all of your contacts for the project.
8Best Practices Quad ruled paper Bound All work is in pen All pages are Presentation NameEngineering Design and DevelopmentLesson #.# Lesson NameBest PracticesQuad ruled paperBoundAll work is in penAll pages areNumberedDatedSigned by the designerSigned by a witnessInclude a statement of the proprietary nature of notebookThe items on this page are highly recommended.At this level, you may not feel comfortable completing sketches in ink. If you must complete sketches in pencil, it is suggested that you trace over the pencil sketches with pen immediately after completion but do all other work in pen initially.It is important that the engineering notebook is bound. Do not use a spiral or loose leaf notebook. Pages should never be removed from the notebook.Do not use markers that bleed through the paper.
9Presentation NameEngineering Design and DevelopmentLesson #.# Lesson NameBest PracticesDo not leave blank space. If there is extra space, draw an X or a line across it and sign.
10Presentation NameEngineering Design and DevelopmentLesson #.# Lesson NameBest PracticesIf you make a mistake, draw a line through it, enter the correct information, and initial the change.Place any corrections next to the mistake or reference the page where the correction can be found. Initial and date the change. Never erase or remove anything.
11Best Practices Date each entry Presentation Name Engineering Design and DevelopmentLesson #.# Lesson NameBest PracticesDate each entryClearly indicate the date of each entry.
12Presentation NameEngineering Design and DevelopmentLesson #.# Lesson NameBest PracticesCut and paste print-outs of digital files that you create or use as reference.Sign your name so that it extends across both the notebook page and the inserted document.Glue is preferred over tape when inserting anything into the notebook because it is more permanent and less susceptible to alteration.Write a description of the inserted work on the notebook page.There should be no loose papers in the engineering notebook.
13Best Practices Sign and date each page before the next page is begun. Presentation NameEngineering Design and DevelopmentLesson #.# Lesson NameBest PracticesSign and date each page before the next page is begun.A colleague or mentor should corroborate the events and facts on each page and sign off as a witness in the appropriate location.
14Best Practices Sketches Label all parts of the sketch Presentation NameEngineering Design and DevelopmentLesson #.# Lesson NameBest PracticesSketchesLabel all parts of the sketchDescribe each sketchLabel the sketchName, function, material, etc.Include important dimensions.Describe each sketch in detailWrite down what you would say to someone who asks, ”What is this a sketch of?” What would you write next to the sketch to make sure that someone receiving a fax could understand all aspects of the sketch?
15Best Practices Progress Entries Presentation NameEngineering Design and DevelopmentLesson #.# Lesson NameBest PracticesProgress EntriesReflect on tasks accomplished, successes, and failuresReflect on future needs and tasks to be completed
16Be Neat, be Accurate, be Legible, and be Thorough. Presentation NameEngineering Design and DevelopmentLesson #.# Lesson NameBest PracticesBe Neat, be Accurate, be Legible, and be Thorough.
17Engineering Notebook What Is an Engineering Notebook? Why Keep an Engineering Notebook?Who Keeps an Engineering Notebook?ContentsEngineering Notebook SectionsBest Practices