AN ACTIVITY MODEL AS A TOOL FOR ANALYZING COMMUNICATION IN ENGINEERING DESIGN
The research focuses on remote co-operative work and particularly the study of group work sequences during design meetings. We make the assumption that remote synchronous design can be described by the two groups of activities (communication and product modelling). The aim of communication activities is to help the designers to build a common understanding of the present situation. We will present a case study related to remote project reviews within the Volvo Group. We will introduce the concept of activity and propose a classification in relation to the literature. This theoretical framework will then allow the analysis of the case study. It will reveal the evolution of a specific object including graphics and textual annotations.