A case study on distributed, collaborative design: investigating communication and information flow

MacGregor, S.P., Thomson, A.I. and Juster, N.P. (2002) A case study on distributed, collaborative design: investigating communication and information flow. In: Sixth International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, 14 July 2001, London, ON, Canada.

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1109/CSCWD.2001.942267

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A current research project at the University of Strathclyde is introduced which aims to better understand the role of distributed engineering design in industry and address present problems. An element of the first major industrial case study of the project, completed within a multinational in the oil and gas industry, is then described and shown to address the main research questions. This multinational is described as company A. Sampling and analysis of distributed activity over time is served by the completion of daily diaries and direct observation. This detail design phase of a distributed design project finds that most collaborative work consists of simple information exchange supplementary to the main design activity. Furthermore, concentrated periods of collaborative design are found to follow these information exchange 'cycles'. 62% of distributed activity is found to be with the main design partner and asynchronous communication tools are the most popular. Distributed problems are also listed, including misinterpretation and finding the right person for information.

Keywords:Computer aided software engineering, Collaboration, Design engineering, Gas industry, Knowledge engineering, Process design, Petroleum, Collaborative work, Knowledge management, Manufacturing
Subjects:H Engineering > H100 General Engineering
ID Code:47168
Deposited On:03 Nov 2021 11:19

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