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Transformative Drivers in AEC Global Teamwork 3.0
Globalization, mobility, collaboration, digital media, interactivity, distributed learning and work,
convergence of physical, virtual, and social spaces are key drivers in today’s communication intensive
workplace. The past two decades have taken us through a journey from “connected to” content and
people in Web 1.0, and “connected through” in Web 2.0, to “connected within” in Web 3.0 immersive
3D collaborative cloud solutions. Building Information Modeling (BIM), Integrated Project Delivery (IPD),
and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) are disruptive technologies and processes transforming
the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) industry. AEC global teams are challenged to cross
discipline boundaries, effectively use collaboration technologies, manage tasks across time and space,
and work in multi-cultural environments. For the next decade organizations will house four generations
from boomers to millennials with different expectations, work and learning practices.
• What are transformative drivers that impact product, process, and interaction in AEC Global
• What are emerging opportunities and challenges of AEC global teamwork in the context of Web
3.0 transformative global learning and work environments?
• What are tangible outcomes of remote collaboration in mixed media mixed reality environments
that include physical, mobile, digital, robotic, and 3D virtual worlds?
Dr. Renate Fruchter is the founding director of the Project Based Learning Laboratory at Stanford
University. Her R&D focuses on collaboration technologies in support of cross-disciplinary,
geographically distributed teamwork, and e-Learning, such as team building, knowledge capture,
sharing and re-use, project memory, corporate memory, mobile solutions, interactive workspaces,
sensor-based interaction, and mixed media and mixed reality environments for remote collaboration.
In addition, her research team studies the impact of technology on learning, engagement, knowledge
work productivity, team dynamics, and assessment. She is the leader and developer of the innovative
“Computer Integrated Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) Global Teamwork” course
launched in 1993 at Stanford that engages university and industry partners from US, Europe, and Asia.
One of the latest R&D projects sponsored by NSF focuses on uncovering cognitive demands on global
cee.umich.edu learners and knowledge workers, engagement, well-being and knowledge work productivity.