Bridge the gap between operations & engineering
Bridge the gap between operations & engineering
Bridge the gap between operations & engineering

Virtual mock-up of bridge design Coral EnergICE

A new tool we recently use for our Human Factors design projects is the ‘virtual mock-up’. In a virtual mock-up the user can review design proposals by using a VR headset. Several options are possible: With a high-end headset like a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift it is possible to set up a virtual environment, allowing the user to walk around in the model. Unfortunately, this requires a dedicated studio setup, a powerful computer set, and several days of additional programming. Alternatively we can also use 360 panorama-renderings, like in the example below of a ships bridge, in this case of the Coral EnergICE, a brand new LNG tanker of Anthony Veder, for which we did the bridge design. This VR panorama can be displayed on any cheap and simple VR headset, like a Samsung Gear VR. Instead of walking around, you look around from one or more fixed points. No computer or additional programming and rendering is required.

A VR mockup provides an excellent feeling of immersion, and will help to give operators and engineers a realistic sense of space and dimensions, for reviewing the field-of-vision, bridge contour and window arrangement. Wondering about the purpose of all those little green ships surrounding the vessel ? Contact us for the answer…

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