A Framework for Collaborative Design in Engineering Education
Mavris, Dimitri N.
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The Collaborative Design Environment (CoDE) is a dedicated collaborative design facility aimed at enhancing design team communication by supporting collocated system and discipline experts with analysis tools, design applications and various technologies. A generalized model of collaborative design offering flexibility and concurrently addressing the environment and the process as complementary counterparts is proposed. A detailed process was constructed by strategically aligning pertinent models of collaborative design from a variety of fields. The process clearly describes how technological affordances in the CoDE can be used to address the collaborative design challenges and leverage its advantages. This process was successfully implemented by a team of undergraduate aerospace engineering students participating in the 2006 AIAA aircraft design competition. The process, the environment and the generalized model serving as a flexible reference frame constitute a framework for collaborative design.