Six Ingredients of Collaborative Virtual Design Environments
Collaborative virtual design environments (CVDEs) represent the fourth generation of CAD/E systems. These distributed design support systems are based on a still penetrating new paradigm. Consequently, the standard architecture, functionality, and implementation are not yet agreed upon. The authors have analyzed these issues and have identified six ingredients for a successful implementation of CVDEs. The ingredients are (a) enhancement of the kernel CAD/E functionality, (b) advanced interaction and multi-site imaging, (c) networking and multi-channel communication, (d) collaboration support and virtual presence, (e) knowledge asset management, and (f) interface to virtual enterprise. The authors summarize the results of their investigation into the current and emerging technologies that enable the implementation of the six ingredients in industry, and indicate some of the open issues for further research.