Prototype Internet Desktop for Engineers
||Cerovek, T in Turk, .
||Prototype Internet Desktop for Engineers
||Conçalves, R. (ed.). Product and process modelling in the building industry : proceedings of ECPPM '2000 - European Conference on Product and Process Modelling in the Building Industry, LISBON, PORTUGAL, 25-27 September 2000. Balkema: Rotterdam
||In the recent years more and more engineers got a comfortable access to the Internet. A European Union's 5th Framework project - Intelligent Services and Tools for Concurrent Engineering (ISTforCE) - is focusing on how this could change the way they work. To date, the Internet was a communication platform (email) and a source of information (Web pages), but was not used as a place where actual engineering work would get done. One of the goals of ISTforCE is to design a services platform through which engineers at a given design or consulting company will access the services on the Internet and collaborate in real time. In this paper, we were exploring a special angle of that idea. We claim that is possible to create infrastructure on which real construction companies and virtual teams of construction companies can rent and customize services on a project by project basis and where providers of engineering services can market their products. This infrastructure is considered a vertical service that an ISP (Internet service provider) offers to its engineering clients, just like they offer email accounts and some space for Web pages today. We believe that such infrastructures will be central to future integration of the profession. In the paper, we analyze the key requirements towards such a service, present the components that constitute it, elaborate the design criteria and present a prototype. In the conclusions, we speculate on the possible pitfalls of on-line collaboration services.
||construction information technology, construction communication technology
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