Establishing Collaborative (or Concurrent) Design Facility

Project lead:  Prof. Cees Bil, School of Engineering

Project Summary

The aim of the project is to invite the director of the Aircraft Systems Design Laboratory (ADSL) at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) to discuss their experience, lessons learned and outcomes of the use of their facility and to obtain good ideas/suggestions for the establishment of such a facility at RMIT University. Furthermore, to fund a small project to put together a proposal, including costings, of such a facility, making use of preliminary work already conducted with the School of Engineering.

This project is supported by the Global Business Innovation ECP, in conjunction with Design and Creative Practice ECP and Information and Systems (Engineering) ECP.

The Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, established a Collaborative Design Environment more than two decades ago. It has been applied to many complex problems and grand challenges, so a good reason to invite the Director, Professor Dimitri Mavris, to RMIT University to give some insights in the operation and practical application of this facility.

The presentation identified some of the challenges faced by designers and presented some of the key enablers that contribute to the generation and synthesis of knowledge and the formulation of informed decisions. It discussed the benefits to analysts and decision makers of enablers such as Collaborative Design Facilities in the context of Engineering Design. The ADSL facility is organised in two environments:

  • ASDL Collaborative Design Environment (CoDE) is a dedicated facility enabling the analysis and conceptual design of complex systems by supporting the cognitive processes and functions of researchers and subject matter experts. The CoDE fosters multidisciplinary collaboration for rapid-turnaround design and analysis. By collocating subject matter experts, hardware technologies, and relevant software tools in a reconfigurable environment, communication within the design team is enhanced and the speed and quality of design iterations is increased. The CoDE enables researchers to generate designs and perform in-depth analysis by utilizing integrated modelling, simulation, and analysis tools in a team-centred environment.
  • ASDL Collaborative Visualization Environment (CoVE) provides engineers with the capability to present detailed and complex analysis results on a very large visualization real estate. Said capability directly supports the core function of the CoVE: to enable a rich and interactive visualization experience of technical results in a dedicated facility where ASDL researchers can engage with subject matter experts and decision makers to conduct electronic reviews of sponsored research projects

The lecture was concluded with an example demonstration on Environmentally Responsible Aviation and GT Smart Campus Initiative. The presentation was concluded with a discussion on the establishment of such a facility at RMIT University.

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