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Synchronous Tools for Concurrent Engineering Based on CORBA

: Lukas, U. von

Baake, U.F. ; Society for Computer Simulation International -SCS-:
From Product Design to Product Marketing. 6th European Concurrent Engineering Conference
San Diego: SCS, 1999 (SCS publication)
ISBN: 1-565-55170-2
European Concurrent Engineering Conference (ECEC) <6, 1999, Erlangen>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IGD ()
Computer Aided Design (CAD); CSCW; Produktentwicklung; CORBA; telecooperation; concurrent engineering; groupware

This paper presents the architecture and the tools of TOBACO (TOol BAsed COlaboration). It facilitates synchronous computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) on top of the Common Object Broker Request Architecture (CORBA) of the Object Management Group (OMG). The main focus of the research project was the integration of CAD systems that are unaware of the multi-user context into a heterogeneous conferencing environment. Another important objective was to use low-bandwidth links for the communication tools in order to make this technology affordable for small and medium-sized enterprises. Starting with a modular research prototype for collaborative 3D modeling we shifted to solutions based on AutoCAD and now have two software tools that are currently evaluated in a field trial.