Scaling Up is Hard to Do: Experiences in Preparing a Case-Based Design Aid Prototype for Field Trial

by Eric A. Domeshek, Georgia Inst of Technology, Atlanta, United States,
Craig M. Zimring, Georgia Inst of Technology, Atlanta, United States,
Janet L. Kolodner, Georgia Inst of Technology, Atlanta, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


We seek to improve the conceptual design process for complex artifacts such as buildings by offering designers access, through an on-line hypermedia library, to documentation and evaluations of existing projects. We have constructed Archie-II, a prototype of such a Case-Based Design Aid (CBDA) for use by architects. After several iterations, we are now nearing our first field trials of Archie-II; students in the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Architecture will use the system in studio classes. This paper discusses our experiences preparing for these trials, emphasizing lessons learned about building CBDAs.

Subject Headings: Fouling | Case studies | Field tests | Computer aided design | Information systems | Construction management | Information management | Conceptual design

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