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VIRTUAL REALITY • The Value to Ship Design
The Virtual Walk-Through
Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) uses Virtual Reality as a valuable tool in ship design allowing naval architects and owners the ability to experience the space in advance of fnal design; a powerful asset in ship repair and reft to help a team more effciently and cost-effectively plan and execute the project.
By Greg Trauthwein he process of designing and layer by layer, for a closer look inside. ability to ofer our clients a life-like and it ideally suited to modern ship design.
building a ship has changed dra- While VR tech ofers obvious efcien- interactive way to experience their new “There are two ways to use the soft- matically in the last 20 years, cies in the initial design phase, it also has vessel design or modifcation like never ware: one to visualize new designs and
Twith the advent and evolution of exciting applications in the redesign and before.” VR technology is a powerful existing vessel modifcations, and the computer aided design that allows a ves- conversion of existing vessels. means for engineers to communicate other is to bring an entire design team sel to be designed, tested and ‘built’ prior “EBDG started using virtual reality in from the feld to the ofce, putting entire into the feld virtually in real time,” said to the frst actual cut of steel. Virtual Re- 2017,” said Michael Complita, Princi- teams on the same page and providing Complita. “You can use models pro- ality (VR) technology available through pal in Charge, EBDG. “We are always critical information required for decision duced by any 3D modeling software to
Elliott Bay Design Group promises to on the lookout for new technologies that making instantly. create a Vv. You can also use spherical bring ship design and construction to we can adapt and revolutionize the ma- EBDG’s VR technology can be used or basic cellphone cameras on board a the next level, allowing a virtual ‘walk rine engineering feld. VR is one of the via App, powered by Visual Vocal (Vv), vessel or in the feld to create a real time through’ of the vessel at the design level most exciting opportunities I have seen a company which is primarily working Vv.” – giving stakeholders the most immer- in my career. This technology provides in the architecture, engineering and con- sive way to experience vessel spaces be- us with powerful, innovative ways to en- struction industry. While VR itself is cer- Virtual Reality, Real Solutions fore construction – as well as functions gage with our clients and communicate tainly is not a new technology, the capa- The value proposition to VR technolo- allowing the user to pull apart the vessel, with our project teams. We have the bilities that Visual Vocal has added make gy in maritime applications is immense,
Photos: Visual Vocal 40 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • FEBRUARY 2019