The CoDE reached initial operational capability in July 2005. Room remodeling and the initial set of equipment described below was funded from in-house sources.
The CoDE was initially equipped with seven desktop PCs running Windows XP Professional. These PCs were connected to the ASDL network. The six computers along the walls had regular LCD monitors. The computer installed under the conference table was connected to a projector and also connected to a touch-sensitive LCD monitor sketchpad. Standard office and productivity software, as well as ASDL-specific design tools, were installed on each computer.
To support the use of manual sketching during meetings, the PC under the conference table was equipped with an LCD sketchpad (“Sympodium”).
Several projectors were installed, on the conference table and at the SMART Boards. The screen content of every CoDE computer could be projected using VNC software.
A SMART Board is a touch-sensitive white board/projection surface, which is combined with a standard computer and computer projector, and is supported by associated software tools. It allows the user to interact with a computer desktop and any applications while standing in front of an audience, using the SMART Board’s pens or just fingertips. Interaction includes marker and eraser capabilities, writing typing and drawing, capturing and saving data, and presentation aids.
Initially, the CoDE was equipped with two front-projection SMART Boards. The one at the front of the room was a standard one-projector system. Another one used two projectors for a “virtual rear projection” capability, where even if part of the projection is shaded by the body of the presenter standing in front of the SMART Board, the other projector can fill in the picture.
The main team work area also contained a Sympodium touch screen. The image of the computer feeding into the Sympodium was projected onto the main projection screen.
The SMART Board software not only enables the use of the boards but also provides a variety of useful resources and applications to enhance a presentation, interactive meeting or design exercise.
Initially there was one black and white, double-sided laser printer installed. There also was a HP laser multifunction printer that doubled as a copy machine, fax and scanner.
A wireless teleconferencing phone was provided. Two remote microphones could be attached to improve audio coverage if needed.
Filing cabinets help project teams keep their papers and documents organized and serve as a long-term repository of information on each project.