From September 4 to 7, Fraunhofer IGD will present the possibilities of efficient 3D data usage using augmented reality glasses at the SMM 2018 in Hamburg.
“Maritime 4.0” is the current buzzword in the shipbuilding industry and refers to the digitization of all processes from planning through design to maintenance. CAD models contain all the information about geometry, materials, and function – but the amount of data they entail often makes them “data monsters” that require extremely large storage capacities and long loading times. The platform developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research masters this challenge by unifying a wide variety of data formats and providing only the data currently being viewed using the browser-based webVis viewer in real time. It makes the output of 3D models on almost any device easy without having to install special programs. This efficient web-based access allows significantly more employees at all levels of the maritime industry to access product data. By simply linking the 3D model with a wide range of other data, employees from planning, purchasing, quality assurance, or maintenance can visualize a wide variety of scenarios regardless of location and thus obtain a quick understanding of any given situation. The digital ship will become a comprehensive information hub that optimally supports the maritime industry in the digitization of its processes.
Visitors to the joint Fraunhofer trade show booth in Hall B6, Booth 319, will be able to try out the tool’s powerful data provision and virtually immerse themselves in a complex 3D model using HoloLens augmented reality glasses. The use of HoloLens with instant3Dhub will be presented to the maritime industry for the first time at SMM. The advantages over other display types like the tablet, for example, lie in the much more natural interaction with “optical see through”. Even with the HoloLens and its limited storage, it is possible to see complete ship or plant models, not just partial sections. Possible application scenarios for Fraunhofer IGD’s visualization solution include assembly instructions in real time or the intuitive presentation of the delivery status of individual elements. It may also conceivably be used during refitting for virtual space analysis before necessary retrofits or integration with familiarization, that is, intensive crew training before shipbuilding is complete. For complex maritime installations, AR glasses can provide “x-ray vision” that visualizes a wide range of operating conditions and optimally promotes predictive maintenance.
The SMM will host a Careers Day for the third time: Fraunhofer IGD will be taking part and providing information about job opportunities. Around 240 full-time and part-time employees are performing research, working for, or completing a doctorate with a number of start-ups and spin-offs at four locations in Darmstadt, Rostock, Graz, and Singapore. Employees will be available to answer questions at the Maritime Career Market on Friday, September 7, 2018.