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A conceptual framework for multi-modal interactive virtual workspace

Aspin, R, DaDalto, L, Fernando, T, Gobbetti, E, Marache, M, Shelbourn, M and Soubra, S 2001, 'A conceptual framework for multi-modal interactive virtual workspace' , Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITCon), 6 , pp. 149-162.

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Abstract

Construction projects involve a large number of both direct stakeholders (clients, professional teams, contractors, etc.) and indirect stakeholders (local authorities, residents, workers, etc.). Current methods of communicating building design information can lead to several types of difficulties (e.g. incomplete understanding of the planned construction, functional inefficiencies, inaccurate initial work or clashes between components, etc.). Integrated software solutions based on VR technologies can bring significant value improvement and cost reduction to the Construction Industry. The aim of this paper is to present research being carried out in the frame of the DIVERCITY project (Distributed Virtual Workspace for Enhancing Communication within the Construction Industry - IST project n°13365), funded under the European IST programme (Information Society Technologies). DIVERCITY's goal is to develop a Virtual Workspace that addresses three key building construction phases: (1) Client briefing (with detailed interaction between clients and architects); (2) Design Review (which requires detailed input from multidisciplinary teams - architects, engineers, facility managers, etc.); (3) Construction (aiming to fabricate or refurbish the building).Using a distributed architecture, the DIVERCITY system aims to support and enhance concurrent engineering practices for these three phases allowing teams based in different geographic locations to collaboratively design, test and validate shared virtual projects. The global DIVERCITY project will be presented in terms of objectives and the software architecture will be detailed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special issue: 'Information and communication technology advances in the European construction industry'
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtual environments, product modelling, construction industry, client briefing, design review, construction planning
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Virtual Environments & Future Media Research Centre
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Information Technology in Construction
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITCon)
Publisher: CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction)
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 18744753
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2009 12:32
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:51
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/997

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