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Virtual collaborative design environment: supporting seamless integration of multitouch table and immersive VR

Roupé, M., Johansson, M., Maftei, L., Lundstedt, R. and Viklund-Tallgren, M. (2020) Virtual collaborative design environment: supporting seamless integration of multitouch table and immersive VR. Journal of Construction Management and Engineering, 146 (12). ISSN 1943-7862

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001935

Abstract/Summary

Throughout the design of a new building it is essential that all involved stakeholders understand, communicate, participate, and collaborate with each other to acquire a high-quality result. To support these shared and creative design processes, this paper presents the design and evaluation of virtual collaborative design environment (ViCoDE)—a new collaborative design system. ViCoDE features seamless integration of several immersive VR systems and a multitouch table that facilitates collaborative and interactive design work with immediate feedback. The evaluation of the system has been done during two real-life collaborative design workshops in a context of designing new healthcare environments. The results show that the VR system and multitouch table complement each other very well by facilitating both collaborative, and individual design spaces—and that it fosters better understanding, participation, communication, knowledge sharing, and collaboration among the different stakeholders. The contribution is two-fold: presentation of a new collaborative design system and the evaluation of its use in a real-life design context, which demonstrate how these new technology-based workshops may facilitate design management.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Construction Management and Engineering > Digital Practices
ID Code:95619
Publisher:American Society of Civil Engineers

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