DesignWorld : a tool for team collaboration in high band virtual environments

CRC Construction Innovation (2005) DesignWorld : a tool for team collaboration in high band virtual environments. CRC for Construction Innovation, Brisbane.

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Current software tools for documenting and developing models of buildings focus on supporting a single user who is a specialist in the specific software used within their own discipline. Extensions to these tools for use by teams maintain the single discipline view and focus on version and file management. There is a perceived need in industry to have tools that specifically support collaboration among individuals from multiple disciplines with both a graphical representation of the design and a persistent data model. This project involves the development of a prototype of such a software tool. We have identified multi-user 3D virtual worlds as an appropriate software base for the development of a collaborative design tool. These worlds are inherently multi-user and therefore directly support collaboration through a sense of awareness of others in the virtual world, their location within the world, and provide various channels for direct and indirect communication. Such software platforms also provide a 3D building and modelling environment that can be adapted to the needs of the building and construction industry. DesignWorld is a prototype system for collaborative design developed by augmenting the Second Life (SL) commercial software platform1 with a collection web-based tools for communication and design. Agents manage communication between the 3D virtual world and the web-based tools. In addition, agents maintain a persistent external model of designs in the 3D world which can be augmented with data such as relationships, disciplines and versions not usually associated with 3D virtual worlds but required in design scenarios.

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ID Code: 27024
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: CRC for Construction Innovation, Program B : Sustainable Built Assets , Project 2002-024-B : Supply Chain Sustainability
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Deposited On: 25 Aug 2009 05:43
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:58

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