Hello again guys, Its been awhile since I have been able to get back here, but I have been really busy. I am currently a freshman in the engineering school at the University of Michigan. We have just got a project and I thought that it would be nice to get the input of fellow PF members throughout the duration of the project. The project goal for my engineering team is to use past teams reports along with our own design to completly design a classroom that has been come to be known as the classroom of the future. The design of a classroom with remote collaboration in mind. This project is being done between U-M's AOSS Department and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech, although with eye towards future collaborators. I'm going to point out in the beginnign that if our project is selected our plan will be used for the actual construction of the classroom. Something that would look very nice for a freshman engineer. The classroom has the following specifics Requirements * Live lectures to 25 students * Video conference o Remote guest lectures o Team meetings and presentations with advisors * Small team (4-5) meetings * Workstations for systems engineering design * Shared workstations with off campus locations * Network and power support for laptops Specifics * 8 desktop workstations * Desk seating for 25 * Seating for 25 * Current model being considered is a Medium A Standard Conference Room, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Considerations New for this term: (old ones are still part of the HTML source) * How the power is to get to the cameras, screen, projector, computer? o What size conduit is needed? o Does the cabling require drilling through the concrete? o Is there a better way to cable the room? * What should the room layout look like? o Where should the cameras, screens, desks, and plasma t.v. be placed? o Should computers be along the perimeter of the room with movable desks in the middle? o Is there need for a podium? o How can a plasma t.v., a whiteboard, computers, etc be placed considering that there are two windows? o What is needed in regards to aesthetic appeal? * Should a raised floor be used for all that is needed? o Is there a better way perhaps through the ceiling for some of these items? * How can sharing be accomplished in a secure manner? o Can this be implemented on the current system or is there a need for a new server? o What are the costs involved? * Concerning network connection options (ISDN, Internet 2). What is available on campus? How do the options compare for the required functions? * What software should be considered for sharing design data remotely * What software should be used for system requirements development and design trades Many teams have been working on the last couple of years designing specific componets that could be used in the classroom. It is the goal of my team to combine all of these projects into an actual plan for actually building the plan. In other words this project if selected will actually be used to build the classroom. I was hoping to use this thread and possibly other threads to get opinions of my teams ideas and to get ideas from other members. The project submission is due mid to late december.