Other different structures are applicable at any place; it will always depends on the processto be reported.Following, there is a list of guidelines and recommendations to prepare develop and publisha report.a)
Previous to start writing a report, it is always recommended to gather as muchinformation relevant to the process as possible; this includes referenced documents,images, models, tables, sketches and notes. Make sure information is organized.b)
Establish a format for the report; this includes font type and size, heading, footersand numbering of sections. Please note this may vary during the process.c)
Ideas should be logically connected among them and in logical order, for examplechronologically.d)
Every image as well as every table or figure should be properly tagged andnumbered. It is preferred to have a small description or in the best case a paragraphto describe and explain why the figure or table is present and what is important tonote. Figure or data included randomly will make the reader confused andmotivation or interest will be lost.e)
Assumptions should be clearly stated and referenced where possible.f)
The report should have a proper identification, including document number, title,writer and date as minimum.
5.0 COMPONENTS OF A DESIGN REPORT
Engineering design report is a special type or report for which there is a standard structurein order to cover the engineering design process. The components of this structure are asfollows:a)
This part consist basically of a cover page, a revision page and a tableof contents. The cover page will have, not less than but not limited to, a companylogo, Client name, Project name and location, Module name, Document number anddate.b)
It is a brief description of the design, related and relevant generalinformation including the purpose of the product and the context behind, andwhere possible a image of a model or picture of the product.c)
This section includes the referenced documents, design assumptions,load selection, load cases and combinations, Material properties, engineeringphilosophy, calculation method and any other information related with the way theproblem is approached.d)
Results and discussion:
In this section all main figures and data will be shown with aproper description and discussion, additionally, explanation for unexpected resultshould be given.e)
The designer opinion about the product is given in this section
and if possible a recommendation for future works.
Sketches, referenced documents, software output, drawings, designinformation and any other valuable data. It is important to have criteria to select theappendix as a big number and extension of them may confuse the reader and willdifficult searching for specific information.