Implementation Challenges of Annotated 3D Models in Collaborative Design Environments

  • Jorge Camba
  • Manuel Contero
  • Gustavo Salvador-Herranz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8683)


Recent studies in the area of collaborative design have proposed the use of 3D annotations as a tool to make design information explicitly available within the 3D model, so that different stakeholders can share information throughout the product lifecycle. Annotation practices defined by the latest digital definition standards have formalized the presentation of information and facilitated the implementation of annotation tools in CAD systems. In this paper, we review the latest studies in annotation methods and technologies and explore their expected benefits in the context of collaborative design. Next, we analyze the implementation challenges of different annotation approaches, focusing specifically on design intent annotations. An analysis of the literature suggests that the use of annotations has a positive effect on collaborative design communication as long as proper implementation practices, tools, and user interaction mechanisms are in place.


annotated 3D models collaborative design design communication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Camba
    • 1
  • Manuel Contero
    • 2
  • Gustavo Salvador-Herranz
    • 3
  1. 1.Engineering Design GraphicsTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.I3BHUniversitat Politècnica de ValènciaValènciaSpain
  3. 3.Dpto. Exp. Gráfica, Proyectos y UrbanismoUniv. CEU Cardenal HerreraValènciaSpain

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