Service Communautaire d'Information sur la Recherche et le Développement - CORDIS

Main framework

The framework is based on a client/server type system, which provides a single client application that may be dynamically reconfigured to support the six DIVERCITY applications: Client Briefing, Thermal, Acoustic and Lighting Simulations, Visual Product Chronology, and Site Planning and Analysis.

The client/server system supports the user needs for a collaborative environment; both as an asynchronous design workspace and as a synchronous interactive shared virtual design space. Clients can choose which applications they would like to use at any one time. This includes support for the relatively simple extension to user in-house, or third party, applications.

In addition to supporting a dynamically re-configurable workspace the framework also provides a centralised runtime data repository. This repository supports the maintenance of multiple, linked semantic representations of the project data that allows the preservation of native application data graphs. Using this technique design data created by one application, such as a CAD package, can be preserved in its native format within the DIVERCITY framework, allowing this data to be manipulated by the DIVERCITY modules and then exported back to the original application.

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Centre for Virtual Environments, University of Salford
University Road
M5 4WT Salford, Manchester
United Kingdom
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