Visualization in Collaborative Engineering Design
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CHAMPAIGN IL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB
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Architects and engineers create and communicate in a highly visual environment the way they visualize their designs and communicate throughout the design-construction process fundamentally affects the quality and flow of work in the construction project. Such collaborating disciplines require specific forms of support to coordinate their efforts, communicate, and resolve conflicts. This work hypothesizes that good visualization depends on a contextual approach, that is to say, good visualization depends upon the context of the task, user, and environment. The study established a theoretical basis for the relationship of visualization to the cognitive and collaborative process that occurs in the facility life-cycle process through a presentation of a range of experiment and observation. The study also presented the roles of visualization in collaborative engineering design, specifically emphasizing ethnographic and scenario based simulation studies, with supplemental interviews and questionnaires.