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Proceedings of CAD'14, 2014, 192-194
A Web-enabled Configuration System for Interior Design
Abstract. Today, contract furniture represents a promising opportunity for SMEs to be competitive in the worldwide market. A previous research work outlined the main characteristics of contract furniture design and the main problems to manage such extensible and temporary cluster of involved companies, different in size, adopted information technologies, developed products, project goals, skill, etc. A technological framework was proposed to face two open issues: (1) none Computer Supported Cooperative Work system is dedicated to this complex application area, whose needs regard the simultaneous support of information exchange along the furniture life cycle, the management of multiple and conflicting design constraints and process requirements and finally the creation and sharing of the whole furnishing Bill of Materials; (2) the management of an high level of furnishing customization is complex as personalization depends on numerous requirements: from the needs of the target market, the standards of the country, the customer profiles, the contract typology, the design style, the target cost to the expected performance, etc. It is much more than a simple variation of the item dimension as it is extended to finishing, functions, aesthetics, etc. In addition it does not regard the single furniture item, but the whole space. As a consequence a CAD-based solution must manage configuration at different levels of abstraction.
Keywords. Web-enabling technologies, collaborative product development, CAD, WebGL