Goal: Investigate unique advantages,
challenges, and architectures in collaborative
Uniqueness & Innovation: Our philosophy first emphasizes the
creation of an integrated collaborative environment with virtual
prototyping capabilities and then concentrates on the integration
of CAE tools. The design environment is abstracted into three
elements: humans, evaluation models, and environment.
The purpose of this project was to design, create
and implement a framework to support the integration of
multiple software systems used in the virtual prototyping of
mechanical components. The framework is the central unit with which
all the software applications interact.
The purpose of this project was to research a number
of distinct approaches for creating a collaborative, distributed
architecture for virtual prototyping. The architectural
philosophies discussed include: Product Development Approach, CAE
Tool Integration Approach, User-Session Approahc, Functional
Approach, and Black-Box Approach.
VDM Framework for Collaborative Engineering
VDM is a Virtual Design and Manufacture framework for
collaborative engineering. The aim was to integrate dissimilar
systems which have different functionalities and be able to share
data and functionality. There was a multi-system, multi-platform,
multi-user, multi-site, and multi-level integration with
synchronous and asynchronous collaboration. The philosophy was
based on object oriented architecture, distributed objects using
CORBA technology, distributed storage of data where possible,
intelligent, centralized server objects, and minimal real-time
shared data. This system was then tested between Mt. Vernon, Denton
and Yarrow-Bay with supplier/vendor/customer participation.