PDM Field Study and Evaluation in Collaborative Engineering Education

  • Andreas Probst
  • Detlef Gerhard
  • Martin Ebner
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 715)


Collaboration in general but especially between students of Austrian Federal Secondary Colleges of Engineering (HTL) is becoming more and more important. Therefore, the joint diploma thesis has been introduced into the curriculum. Furthermore, joint student projects have become a crucial topic within the subject of mechanical engineering design. Because of the worldwide activities of most companies, being able to collaborate within a huge team is seen as an essential for future jobs. To support the collaboration process in engineering education, a product data management (PDM) system was introduced to several Austrian HTLs within projects carried out in the Sparkling Science program of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research. In the academic year 2016/17 a field study was started to figure out how to enhance collaboration between students by using this kind of software and methods. The outcome of this study will be to find out about the level of collaboration within students’ design projects.


Engineering education Engineering collaboration PDM CAD 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HTL RiedRied im InnkreisAustria
  2. 2.Technische Universitaet WienViennaAustria
  3. 3.Graz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

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