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Title: Feature-based design in a distributed and collaborative environment
Authors: Li, W.D.
Ong, S.K. 
Fuh, J.Y.H. 
Wong, Y.S. 
Lu, Y.Q.
Nee, A.Y.C. 
Keywords: Client/server
Distributed design
Feature-based modelling
Issue Date: Aug-2004
Citation: Li, W.D., Ong, S.K., Fuh, J.Y.H., Wong, Y.S., Lu, Y.Q., Nee, A.Y.C. (2004-08). Feature-based design in a distributed and collaborative environment. CAD Computer Aided Design 36 (9) : 775-797. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this paper, a client/server framework has been developed to enable a dispersed team to accomplish a feature-based design task collaboratively. A manipulation client+modelling server infrastructure has been proposed to facilitate consistent primary information modelling for multiple users and adaptability of the system. Based on feature-to-feature relationships, a distributed feature manipulation mechanism has been proposed to filter the varied information of a working part during a co-design activity to avoid unnecessary re-transferring of the complete large-size CAD files each time when any interactive operation is imposed on the model by a client. In the distributed environment, a design task and the engaged clients are organised and connected through working sessions generated and maintained dynamically with a collaborative server. The environment is open to downstream manufacturing analysis modules to achieve distributed concurrent engineering. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: CAD Computer Aided Design
ISSN: 00104485
DOI: 10.1016/j.cad.2003.09.005
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