A novel systematic method to evaluate computer supported collaborative design technologies

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This paper presents a method for engineering designers to evaluate and select the most suitable technology based on their collaborative design requirements. The method offers the ability to compare technologies and their functionalities against CSCD requirements. The creation of this matrix revealed gaps in the knowledge particularly the identification of the factors that influence successful Computer-Supported Collaborative Design (CSCD). This was achieved through a systematic literature mapping and categorisation of the factors to create CSCD requirements statements. The method is novel by utilising this new knowledge and by using a text processing method with data from real projects to automate the population of the matrix. The main contribution of this research is the creation of a new technology comparison method to evaluate successful CSCD, including the development of a discourse analysis method to automate the evaluation of how technologies impact the success of CSCD in engineering design teams. The development of the CSCD evaluation matrix is the first of its kind enabling a systematic and justifiable comparison and technology selection, with the aim of best supporting the engineering designers collaborative design activity.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages29
JournalResearch in Engineering Design
Early online date17 Sep 2019
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Sep 2019

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Keywords

  • computer-supported collaborative design (CSCD)
  • engineering design
  • computer-aided engineering and design
  • collaboration
  • educational tools

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