Studying collaborative design in high bandwidth virtual environments

Gero, John. S , Maher, Mary. Lou, Bilda, Zafer, Marchant, David, Namprempree, Kanyarat , Bagot , Woods , & Candy , Linda (2004) Studying collaborative design in high bandwidth virtual environments. In CRC for Construction Innovation, Clients Driving Innovation International Conference, 25–27 October 2004, Surfers Paradise, Australia.


In today’s global design world, architectural and other related design firms design across time zones and geographically distant locations. High bandwidth virtual environments have the potential to make a major impact on these global design teams. However, there is insufficient evidence about the way designers collaborate in their normal working environments using traditional and/or digital media. This paper presents a method to study the impact of communication and information technologies on collaborative design practice by comparing design tasks done in a normal working environment with design tasks done in a virtual environment. Before introducing high bandwidth collaboration technology to the work environment, a baseline study is conducted to observe and analyze the existing collaborative process. Designers currently rely on phone, fax, email, and image files for communication and collaboration. Describing the current context is important for comparison with the following phases. We developed the coding scheme that will be used in analyzing three stages of the collaborative design activity. The results will establish the basis for measures of collaborative design activity when a new technology is introduced later to the same work environment – for example, designers using electronic whiteboards, 3D virtual worlds, webcams, and internet phone. The results of this work will form the basis of guidelines for the introduction of technology into global design offices

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ID Code: 27298
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: CRC for Construction Innovation, Program B : Sustainable Built Assets , Project 2002-024-B : Team Collaboration in High Bandwidth Virtual Environments
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