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The Impact of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality on Shipbuilding Innovation

The Impact of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality on Shipbuilding Innovation

The shipbuilding industry in Spain has been and continues to be an important sector of the country's economy. Throughout its history, it has experienced various changes and challenges, but it continues to be a significant industry with a large shipbuilding capacity and with benchmark companies in the sector.

In recent years, the Spanish shipbuilding industry has adopted a wide range of technologies to improve operational efficiency, reduce costs and adapt to the new challenges of the global market. These technologies are revolutionizing the way Spanish shipyards design, build, operate and maintain ships, in addition to the use of advanced materials and cleaner propulsion systems. All this allows Spanish shipyards to position themselves as leaders in shipbuilding.

It is important to note that shipbuilding in Spain is not limited to commercial vessels. The construction of luxury yachts, sports boats and military vessels are also part of the scope of this industry. 

Thanks to this diversification, Spanish shipyards are significantly expanding their presence in international markets, building vessels for clients all over the world.

In this context of global growth, the use of new technologies such as those related to Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality (XR technologies) play an important role. In many cases, they have become the best tools to achieve greater precision and safety in the design and prototyping of a vessel, but also in key areas such as training or maintenance support.

What are the main applications of XR technologies in the shipbuilding industry?

Training and Simulation: VR is used to create high-fidelity simulations that allow naval equipment operators to practice emergency procedures, navigation, and maneuvering in a safe virtual environment. This reduces the risks associated with real-world training. It is also very important to be able to train operators to perform maintenance tasks on the various pieces of equipment that make up a ship, and here virtual reality allows for autonomous training without using the real equipment and machinery and practicing as many times as necessary.

Design and prototyping: VR and MRI allow engineers to visualize and test ship designs and components prior to physical construction, saving time and money by anticipating problems before they occur in the real world.

Maintenance and Repair: AR is used to provide operators with real-time information for the maintenance and repair of complex systems. Workers can use AR devices to see real-time repair instructions overlaid on the parts they are working on.

Navigation and Operation: AR can be used in control rooms and wheelhouses to provide additional information about navigation, traffic, and vessel status. This helps operators make safer decisions.

Training: VR simulations are used to train operators to deal with different scenarios, such as rescuing passengers in sinking situations.

Ship inspection and maintenance: Virtual reality can be used to inspect ship parts and other components, facilitating early detection of maintenance problems.

Shipbuilding in Spain undoubtedly has a promising future. This is mainly due to the combination of diversification, advanced technologies and sustainability, but not only. It is also due to the expected increase in demand for ships, followed by the expansion of maritime trade and the growth of tourism in this sector.


In summary, XR technologies are helping to transform the marine industry by improving efficiency, safety, training and simulation capabilities in a variety of applications, from design and construction to operation and maintenance of ships and vessels. These technologies promise a bright future for the marine industry by providing innovative and advanced solutions.