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Using Interactive Workspaces for Team Design Project Meetings

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Issa, Mohamed; Rankin, Jeff; Christian, John; and Pemberton, Evan

Using Interactive Workspaces for Team Design Project Meetings

Abstract: An Interactive Collaboration Laboratory (ICL) has been established at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) to research the application of interactive information and communication environments for the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. This paper provides a quick overview of the laboratory within the wider context of interactive collaborative workspaces. It identifies opportunities to enhance information communication, and group decision-making offered by the laboratory, and focuses on lessons learned to date from its use. The paper reports on a survey conducted among final year undergraduate students who used the environment over the course of three months for their senior design project meetings. A questionnaire was distributed to those students to investigate the impact of the environment upon the effectiveness of their meetings and decisions, the issues and processes where the environment was more (or less) useful, and the context within which the environment and tools were used. The questionnaire also investigated the impact of the environment and its tools upon their project, the quality of their work, and their overall satisfaction. Students found the laboratory to be specifically useful at the preliminary design stage when designing, viewing, and analyzing the site and building layouts of their projects, and determining the projectís sustainability requirements, and targets. The laboratory enabled student groups to view information from different perspectives, access remote information, and save captured information instantaneously. It also enabled them to collaborate more effectively, make more educated decisions, make better use of their time, produce higher quality work, and develop among them a relationship of trust, respect and mutual understanding. Investigating how best to use the labís technology to serve their needs, occasionally slowed down their progress and distracted them at times from focusing on their work.

Keywords: Interactive Workspaces, Collaborative Environments, Information and Communication

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