Shared Workspace for Collaborative Engineering
Dirk Trossen (Nokia Research Center, USA), André Schüppen (Aachen University of Technology, Germany) and Michael Wallbaum (Aachen University of Technology, Germany)
Copyright: © 2006
In the broad context of the collaborative research center project IMPROVE (Information Technology Support for Collaborative and Distributed Design Processes in Chemical Engineering), the presented case study has been concentrating on the provision of appropriate communication technology, specifically shared workspace means, to enable collaborative working between distributed engineering teams. Issues like distributed developer meetings, sharing common data, or even sharing entire work spaces including off-the-shelf tools being used for the development process are the driving forces for the studies on how to provide appropriate technology means in collaborative engineering. The considered case in the field of chemical engineering and development represents a difficult candidate for collaborative engineering due to the variety of proprietary data and tools to be integrated in a shared workspace. Furthermore, common aspects of cooperative working among development teams have to be considered as well. The resulting architecture-based on the findings of the current stage of the case is presented, trying to use as many existing software as possible. Drawbacks and challenges being encountered during the case study due to the a-posteriori approach are outlined, leading to a revised architecture proposal to be used in the future as a common platform for the information technology support within the context of there search project. Expected benefits and problems of the introduction of the new architecture are drawn.