Virtual collaborative design environment: Supporting seamless integration of multitouch table and immersive VR
Journal article, 2020

Throughout the design of a new building it is essential that all involved stakeholders understand, communicate, participate, and collaborate with each other to acquire a high-quality result. To support these shared and creative design processes, this paper presents the design and evaluation of virtual collaborative design environment (ViCoDE) - a new collaborative design system. ViCoDE features seamless integration of several immersive VR systems and a multitouch table that facilitates collaborative and interactive design work with immediate feedback. The evaluation of the system has been done during two real-life collaborative design workshops in a context of designing new healthcare environments. The results show that the VR system and multitouch table complement each other very well by facilitating both collaborative, and individual design spaces - and that it fosters better understanding, participation, communication, knowledge sharing, and collaboration among the different stakeholders. The contribution is two-fold: presentation of a new collaborative design system and the evaluation of its use in a real-life design context, which demonstrate how these new technology-based workshops may facilitate design management.

Collaborative design

Computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW)

Collaborative virtual environments

Virtual reality


Mattias Roupé

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Management

Mikael Johansson

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Management

Laura Maftei

University of Reading

Rikard Lundstedt

Lund University

Mikael Viklund Tallgren

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Management

Journal of Construction Engineering and Management - ASCE

0733-9364 (ISSN) 19437862 (eISSN)

Vol. 146 12 04020132

Subject Categories


Interaction Technologies

Human Computer Interaction



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