``TeamCAD: The First GVU/NIST Workshop on Collaborative Design''
Prof. Jarek Rossignac
Georgia Institute of Technology, Graphics, Visualization, and Usability Center
Atlanta, GA 30332-0280
E-mail: jarek@cc.gatech.edu
URL: http://www.gvu.gatech.edu/people/faculty/jarek.rossignac/

TeamCAD, the first GVU Workshop on Collaborative Design, was sponsored by NIST, chaired by Jarek Rossignac, and hosted on May 12-13, 1997 by Georgia Tech's GVU Center in Atlanta. The workshop brought together an international team of experts in collaborative design and in mechanical and architectural CAD, including 50 faculty members from 23 universities and 18 industrial participants representing software vendors and users. The objectives of the workshop were to assess the state of the art in collaborative CAD (i.e., in the technologies and practices for computer enhanced collaborative design in mechanical, architectural, and construction applications), to identify key social and technological issues, and to provide opportunities for research collaborations in this area. Workshop presentations included 10 project overviews, 20 research papers describing new paradigms for designing and inspecting architectural and mechanical CAD models in collaborative environments and new software and database technologies that support shared models.

During the break-out sessions the participants were divided into 3 teams and were asked to investigate specific aspects of collaborative design:

  1. Carlo Sequin chaired a broad discussion focussed on the teamwork practices and on the need for new collaboration tools.
  2. Chandrejit Bajaj chaired the charge towards the identification of the research challenges in collaborative design and inspection.
  3. Bill Regli chaired discussions on how does the Internet and standardization affect data sharing issues.

The workshop was focused on the following questions: What are the various forms of collaborative design? How do people perform collaborative design in traditional engineering environments? Why is Computer Assisted Collaborative Design important? How will it affect the work practices? What major research issues must be addressed before significant progress is made in this area?

The breadth and diversity of the attendees enabled the workshop to assess current technology and its limitations:

While most attendees were technologists, we wanted to determine the extent to which human issues and corporate practices impede or enhance collaborative CAD.

Lastly, and with an important eye toward the future, the workshop attendees have formulated additional requirements for a successful future research strategy in TeamCAD:

From the numerous discussions, a few points of agreement have emerged.

The Workshop proceedings may be obtained by contacting the GVU center at (404) 894-4488.