VR tech helps to develop ships of the future
16 August 2017
Tritec Marine is using Virtalis’ new ActiveMove CVR system which integrates a Head-Mounted Display (HMD) to form a small, turnkey VR solution in a box.
David Scott, Director and General Manager, Tritec Marine explained: “We had been investigating Virtual Reality (VR) for some time, ever since we attended an industry conference on the digital enterprise, and we saw real value in bringing our CAD data into 3D to fully communicate our conceptual designs.”
Tritec is known for naval architecture and embedding teams of engineers to supervise builds in China and Korea, but the company is increasingly moving towards developing concept ship designs which directly solve existing and challenging maritime transportation problems or improve on current practices.
“We have to work on overturning preconceived ideas,” said Scott, “as our design concepts have been developed from first principles, not from what is there already. We realised that VR isn’t just for gaming and consumer sales and that for us the value will lie in being able to walk disparate stakeholders through our concepts. I experienced CyberAnatomy and thought that I very quickly understood more about the human anatomy than I ever could have assimilated from books. Then we discovered that Virtalis already operated in this sector and that its Visionary Render software can take our CAD data and swiftly render it into virtual 3D ships.”
Visionary Render delivers advanced rendering of huge models in real-time with ease of importing from a range of data sources, maintaining naming, hierarchies and the all-important metadata.
ActiveMove CVR combines a best in class consumer headset and a VR-ready Lenovo laptop integrated into a custom designed case to provide a VR solution that can be assembled in minutes.
“Since we have ventured into the virtual world”, commented Scott, “we have had a veritable tsunami of ideas about how we can use the technology, from virtual prototyping before the build to digital twinning for maintenance. It is apparent that VR technology makes cost and time savings from day one, because the snagging is done in the virtual world, not in the real world. So far, we have only shown our models via CVR and Visionary Render to internal stakeholders, but they have been very impressed and it is clear that VR helps us get our message across to different audiences from different backgrounds.”
The first project that CVR is being deployed on involves radical concept designs for ships transporting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). With a recognition that autonomous ships are considered by many to be the future of commercial shipping, Tritec is developing a revolutionary ship/port interface that automatically moors and unloads its cargo.
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