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A Multi-User Computer-Aided Design Competition: Experimental Findings and Analysis of Team-Member Dynamics

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Brett Stone

Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University
brettstone87@gmail.com

John Salmon

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University
johnsalmon@byu.edu

Keenan Eves

Undergraduate Research Assistants, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University
keenan573@gmail.com

Matthew Killian

Undergraduate Research Assistants, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University
killianmh@gmail.com

Landon Wright

Undergraduate Research Assistants, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University
landon.wright91@gmail.com

Jordan Oldroyd

Undergraduate Research Assistants, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University
jordanoldroyd@gmail.com

Steven E. Gorrell

Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University
sgorrell@byu.edu

Michael C. Richey

Associate Technical Fellow, Learning, Training, and Development, Boeing
michael.c.richey@Boeing.com

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4035674 History: Received January 13, 2016; Revised December 16, 2016

Abstract

A competition for teams of three students using a prototype multi-user CAD (MUCAD) tool was held to investigate various hypotheses regarding the performance of teams in such a setting. By comparing models from the competition to the same model in a single-user CAD environment, it is seen that use of a MUCAD system can significantly increase the value added per unit of calendar time for a modeling effort. An investigation was also made into the causes of the performance differences among the various MUCAD teams which participated in the competition. Analysis of the results shows that teams with leadership that encouraged effective forms of communication and teams whose members scored similarly on the Purdue Spatial Visualization Test: Visualization of Rotations (PSVT:R) performed better than other teams. Other hypotheses regarding improved team performance found lower levels of support. Areas of future research are suggested.

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