Interactive Workspaces

This section of the guide provides a detailed description of several existing interactive workspaces.  It is important to note that these facilities are higher end workspaces with a focus on large scale visualization.  See the database for a comprehensive view of workspaces.

CIC INTERACTIVE WORKSPACES

IMMERSIVE CONSTRUCTION LAB (ICON LAB) 

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA

The ICon Lab is an immersive and interactive workspace with advanced visualization systems built for the purpose of facilitating the effective use of interactive, immersive, and virtual reality techniques on AEC/FM projects. 


The development of the initial ICon Lab at University Park was guided by the intent to deploy low cost, easy to use and easy to administer virtual reality systems in project design and construction information.  


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ICON LAB AT THE NAVY YARD

PHILADELPHIA, PA

The ICon Lab at The Philadelphia Navy Yard is a state-of-the-art interactive workspace deployed within The Center for Building Energy Science. The lab features a large, open floorspace that allows teams to collaborate dynamically with the supported media throughout the session. The workspace gives designers access to a virtual reality platform and collaborative workspace where they can work out energy retrofit designs and present their solutions to clients.


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DATABASE OF INTERACTIVE WORKSPACES

A portion of our work focused on compiling a sample database of Interactive Workspaces.  This database can help identify potential facilities to use, or possibly even more appropriate, share experience with others.

TAXONOMY OF THE INTERACTIVE WORKSPACE CAPABILITIES AND COMPONENTS

Interactive workspaces can be very different in what they can do and what technology solution is implemented. A classification system is developed to help people look at the workspace in a structured way. An interactive workspace can be viewed as a collection of capabilities, such as conferencing capability, virtual reality capability, flexible information visualization capabilities, etc. To make it easy to understand, capability can be thought as key feature of an interactive workspace.  A capability can be realized through different combination of technology depending on the details of the capability and the goal of the facility owner. We call those capability enabling technologies the components of interactive workspace. For example, components that enable the virtual reality capability may include stereoscopic display, wide field of view display, motion tracking system, and stereo glasses.

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