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Maver, T.W., Frame, I. and Chen, Y.
A Human-Centred Approach Towards Design Integration
Published in Information Representation and Delivery in Civil and Structural Engineering Design. (Ed B. Kumar ) CIVIL COMP Press, UK, 105-116
Many past efforts have addressed design integration in terms of inter-operation among design tools/applications. In this paper the authors attempt to stress the social dimension of design and the role of explicit support for human level interaction during design systems integration. A humancentred approach will be proposed by taking design integration as collaborative use of design artifacts. A virtual studio environment framework will be presented as an integration vehicle to link social and technical dimensions within a human-human interaction context. A prototype virtual studio environment will be outlined, and a demonstration of using the VSE prototype presented. This will he followed by some discussion on the related research and further work.