General objectives

The general objective is to develop the technical basis, human capacity and protocols needed for the distribution ("out sourcing") of Computer Aided Design/Drawing (CAD) workloads from engineering companies in Europe to specialized companies in Developing Countries (DC). This objective is approached in the wider perspective of enabling DC's to become players in the future global co-operative architecture and engineering community (AEC) 

The project will develop opportunities, methods and facilities to exploit the increasing potential of Internet-based global cooperation. It will do so for a specific client domain (AEC) and a specific region (Caribbean), but results will be equally relevant to other domains and many developing regions of the world. 

Contrary to the "one sided" out sourcing practice, the project is committed to creating equal opportunities for both Europe and DC's in terms of economic benefits ad human capacity. 


The project brings together technologies from the fields of the World Wide Web (WWW) cooperative engineering, work flow management, data sharing and Intra/Internet together in the context of a North-South cooperation. 

The target domain is architectural design and urban engineering. The project will build on the platform of existing and proven approaches in CAD/CAE and GIS. It will explore the most promising techniques from tele-CAD and adapt them for "out sourcing" purposes. A foundation will be laid to support migration of the emergent integration technologies in Product Data Management (PDM) and Engineering Document Management (EDM). Rooted in the above base-line technology, the project team, consisting of a mix of universities and architectural CAD firms, will set up a number of PILOT projects that develop, execute and monitor actual "out sourcing" practices. Two PILOT projects will represent different ambition levels for Europe-DC cooperation: 

  • PILOT 1: Europe-DC out sourcing of CAD work (mainly drawing and visualization) 
  • PILOT 2: Europe-DC "joint venturing" in overseas projects 
The pilots will deal with all the implications of "distance", i.e. multi-social, multi-lingual, multi-time zone and multi-cultural cooperation. 

The project will conclude with: 

  • Intra DC Benchmark: co-operation in sustainable urban development across dispersed DC partners. 

Impact of results

The project will create business opportunities for distant engineering with mutual benefits for European architectural firms and DC firms. The immediate European benefit is increased competitiveness in the global engineering community. On the DC side, the project will create the potential for firms to become players in the supply of specialized services over Internet. 

The pilot projects and benchmark are designated to create momentum in areas that have great potential for Europe-DC ad intra-DC cooperative engineering. 


Disseminating the results over the Internet and through workshops with end user involvement from both communities will be an important aspect of exploitation. 

A "partnering" WWW site will be created enabling European clients and DC service suppliers to "partner" for specific services. 

The PILOT projects will be used to develop examples of business plans for out sourcing commerce, emphasizing re-engineering work flows, QA methods and commercialization aspects. 


Creation: Nov. 20, 1997  
Latest modification: October 30, 1998 
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