VirCA NET: A case study for collaboration in shared virtual space

Peter Galambos, Christian Weidig, Peter Baranyi, Jan C. Aurich, Bernd Hamann, Oliver Kreylos
2012 2012 IEEE 3rd International Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications (CogInfoCom)  
To take up the challenge of global distributed companies, Manufacturing Engineering has to be accomplished in a worldwide collaborative way. Design and development of production processes and their execution are nowadays spread all over the world. To ensure quality standards and to create synergies between spatially distributed entities, distance collaboration tools must be provided to allow cooperation even over large distances. The Virtual Reality (VR) is thereby offering beneficial
more » ... es to exchange current planning stages, identify problems and solve them cooperatively. This paper introduces a new approach for distance collaboration, which enables users to work in a joint virtual space, nearly as if they were working together in the same place. Therefore two full-immersive CAVE-like systems are interconnected using the VirCA (Virtual Collaboration Arena) platform. The paper describes the requirements of Mechanical Engineers towards distance collaboration tools and the technical challenges solved with the enhanced VirCA framework. This working prototype is one premier application in the field of VRenhanced spatially distributed collaboration. A typical use case scenario is provided to highlight the interaction and cooperation capabilities offered by VirCA NET.
doi:10.1109/coginfocom.2012.6421993 fatcat:g33q6lqehveb3kxeqjzthdmoki