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A virtual environment to support the distributed design of large made-to-order products

Whitfield, R.I. and Duffy, A.H.B. and Conway, Alastair and Wu, Zichao and Meehan, Joanne and Vassalos, Dracos and York, Philip (2007) A virtual environment to support the distributed design of large made-to-order products. In: Higher Creativity for Virtual Teams: Developing Platforms for Co-Creation. IGI Global, pp. 299-320.

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Abstract

An overview of a virtual design environment (virtual platform) developed as part of the European Commission funded VRShips-ROPAX (VRS) project is presented. The main objectives for the development of the virtual platform are described, followed by the discussion of the techniques chosen to address the objectives, and finally a description of a use-case for the platform. Whilst the focus of the VRS virtual platform was to facilitate the design of ROPAX (roll-on passengers and cargo) vessels, the components within the platform are entirely generic and may be applied to the distributed design of any type of vessel, or other complex made-to-order products.