Global Project Collaboration Teams 2015

In 2015, we adapted the collaborative workspace to align with the course’s integration into the new BioBuild interdisciplinary graduate education program at Virginia Tech. Student teams this year were given the same 3D models used by students in previous years but with a very different assignment. Students were tasked with finding an inspiration from a biological system in order to radically reduce the energy consumption of the building. Global lectures proceeded with all collaborating universities, however, the bio-inspired building project teams included students from Virginia Tech (focused on bio-inspiration and virtual team leadership), Washington State University (focused on BIM modeling) and Bogazici University (focused on energy analysis). The first cohort of bio-inspired building design projects completed in the CyberGRID was astounding. The image at the left shows one team making a final presentation of their honeycomb inspired building retrofit.


Global Project Collaboration Teams 2014

In 2014, the functionality in the CyberGRID remained the same as in 2013, however, we adapted the collaborative workspace into a simpler environment that encouraged more interaction with the 3D models. For the first time in 2014, student teams made requests to change the virtual environment itself to mimic the renovation project they designed. In the image at the left the students requested a beach-like scene to accompany their project located on the Baja of California in Mexico. This year we added Bogazici University students in a BIM-based safety analysis role and designated the Virginia Tech students as the global virtual project team leaders and trained them on virtual team leadership. This more concerted approach to managing the global virtual team process led to the most successful, complex and creative global virtual team projects to date.


Global Project Collaboration Teams 2013

In 2013, the focus on functionality in the CyberGRID turned to displaying 3D models with increased fidelity, diversity and detail. During the execution of the semester projects, the students would send an updated model each week for uploading in the CyberGRID — enabling them to walk through a detailed, avatar-scale version of the updated model each week. Additionally, this year, a working room was added in which the students could also examine smaller scale versions of their model as depicted in the image to the left. For this iteration of the experiments, the research focused on the role of dimensional representation of models. Two systems were examined; the CyberGRID (3D virtual environment) and a 2D virtual environment for project collaboration that contained many of the same interactional affordances. The project teams were expanded to included students from Virginia Tech, the University of Washington (Seattle), the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) and the University of Twente (Netherlands).


Global Project Collaboration Teams 2012

In 2012, the functionalities of the CyberGRID were expanded to include a number of new collaborative features, including an e-mail system, a document repository, an expanded inventory of gestures, and increased functionality for the conference room and Team Wall. While development continued by an undergraduate team at Columbia composed of Kenneth Cheng, Jonathan Sisti and Justyna Kosianka, the research aspects of the CyberGRID project moved to Virginia Tech in collaboration with the University of Washington – Seattle. For this iteration of the experiments, the research focused on the role of nominated leaders and virtual workspaces. Our research questions are focused on determining whether leadership competencies in face-to-face settings transfer to virtual work settings.


Global Project Collaboration Teams 2011

In 2011 we deployed a new version of the CyberGRID in Unity, a professional video game development engine. The Unity version of the CyberGRID was developed by a team of 5 computer science and civil engineer students at Columbia University. Many thanks to Conor Russomanno, Daniel Lasry, Jonathan Sisti, Mike Hernandez, Kenneth Cheng and Samantha Ainsley for their work on the development of CyberGRID. The newest version of the CyberGRID allows project network teams to interact directly with their models in the 3D environment through a streamlined interface. The research design for this iteration of the experiments was focused on analyzing interactions between project network teams at Columbia University and the University of Washington. Specifically, the researchers aim was to look more closely at how cultural and linguistic differences impact project network design work performance.


Global Project Collaboration Teams 2010

In 2010 the Global Project Collaboration Teams moved to a larger virtual workspace and grew by one university. The Global Project Collaboration experiment included seven teams with students from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, the Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), the University of Twente in the Netherlands, the University of Washington (Seattle), and Columbia University. The image on the left is a group working in one of the new virtual workspace offices. Many thanks to Professors Mahalingam, Smeds, Dossick and Hartmann for collaborating on this course and providing team members for the experiment. And many thanks to Lasse Korpela of HUT and Gabriel Peschiera at Columbia for their efforts to design and develop the new virtual workspace.


Global Project Collaboration Teams 2008

A group of students from Prof. Taylor’s graduate project management course participated in a Global Project Collaboration experiment and semester project together with students from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. At the end of the semester eight of the students from the course, Kenny Wong, and John Taylor travelled to Chennai to complete the experiment and projects at IIT-Madras. Many thanks to Professors Mahalingam, Varghese, and Satyanarayana for hosting us during the visit. Also pictured are our Helsinki University of Technology collaborators Elli Pyykkö and Tuukka Saranpää.