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Visinet is a trans-European 3D collaborative design project that brings together computer scientists, application developers, design specialists, and users in the context of shared environments supported by ATM networks. Experiments and trials have been conducted for the key application domains of architectural and industrial design. Different types of virtual representation and computer-supported collaborative work are applied to real-life projects between partners at different locations in Europe. Measurements of network requirements have enabled cost/benefits to be quantified. Measurements of user satisfaction and speed of completion of the design to product cycle have also been made, resulting in a greater understanding of the ways in which collaborative design environments linked by high-speed networks affect this cycle. Additional experiments are currently being conducted on the way in which an ATM backbone between principal partners in a project can be complemented with ISDN links to partners in a local area.
CSCW, shared environments, ATM networks, collaborative design

E. Flerackers, F. Van Reeth, R. Earnshaw, J. M. De Matos and W. Lamotte, "Visinet: Collaborative 3D Visualization and VR over ATM Networks," in IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 17, no. , pp. 66-75, 1997.
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