Up to now, shipbuilders had to decide without any direct visual reference where which pieces of furniture should be placed and whether the interior of the ship looks better in leather, wood or cloth. By means of virtual technologies, as they are mainly known in the automotive industry or with architects, it will also be easier for shipbuilders and especially their customers to make the most suitable choice in the future.
With the virtual ship configurator VI:MAR:CON, shipbuilders will be able to view the interior design of their ship in the future before it is even built.By means of VR technologies, the Fraunhofer researchers are making a 3D model of the future ship accessible. There, the complete interior design of a ship is reproduced realistically, from the cloth pattern of the chairs all the way to the flooring. In the process, a so-called HDR-ABTF scanner is used. It scans real materials in minutes down to the smallest detail, generating precise virtual reproductions. Thus the customer will see the future interior of his ship even before the first stage of construction begins, and can have changes made. They can be directly implemented on the virtual ship.
Benefits of the ship configurator
Cost-efficient solutions for shipbuilders
Works on numerous devices
Visual decision-making aid in questions of design
3D spatial models are virtually accessible in real time
Realistic representation and easy integration of any materials by means of the HDR-ABTF scanner
Customers may participate in the furnishing themselves
This research has been supported by the German Federal State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the European Social Fund under grant ESF/IV-BM-B35-0006/12.