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Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality in the Marine Industry

Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality in the Marine Industry

The shipbuilding industry, that which is dedicated to the construction of ships and the development of naval technologies, has played a fundamental role over the centuries in exploration, commerce, and transportation, and is an industry. It comprises, on the one hand, the construction of ships, which is carried out in shipyards, and on the other hand, the repair of ships in workshops that have adequate facilities and equipment for this purpose.

In Spain, it is a sector that has a long tradition and a significant presence in the country's economy, especially in coastal regions such as Galicia, Asturias and the Basque Country. And the fact is that Spain has been and is an important shipbuilder in terms of commercial, military and scientific vessels. An example of the potential that our country has in shipbuilding is Navantia. It is considered one of the world's leading shipyards dedicated to naval and military shipbuilding.

Over the centuries, the development of this industry has gone hand in hand with the latest technologies. In this context, it is important to note the importance of using cutting-edge technologies when designing ships.

This is where technologies such as those related to Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality play a very important role. They have become, in many cases, the best tool to achieve greater precision and safety when designing and prototyping a ship, but also in key issues such as training or maintenance support.

But what are the main applications of XR technologies in the shipbuilding industry?
  1. 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 training in real-world conditions. It is also very important to be able to train the crew in carrying out maintenance tasks of the different equipment that make up a ship, and here Virtual Reality allows autonomous training, without using the real equipment and machinery and practicing as many times as necessary.
  2.  Design and prototyping: VR and MR allow engineers to visualize and test vessel designs and components before physical construction saving time and costs by anticipating problems before they occur in the real world.
  3. Maintenance and repair: AR is used to provide operators with real-time information on 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.
  1. Navigation and operation: MRI can be used in control rooms and wheelhouses to provide additional information on navigation, traffic situation and ship status. This helps operators make safer decisions.
  2. Training: VR simulations are used to train operators to be able to deal with different scenarios such as passenger rescues in sinking situations.
  3. Ship inspection and maintenance: Virtual Reality can be used to inspect ship parts and other components, facilitating early detection of maintenance problems.


What can ARSOFT bring to the marine industry?

ARSOFT is a Spanish company specialized in advanced Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality software that has developed an innovative solution for the industrial sector: EyeFlow.

One of the big problems faced by the industry when it comes to deploying these technologies to take advantage of their benefits is the cost involved and the dependence on the XR expert companies that generate the content.

At ARSOFT, we have been working for years to solve this problem, and the result has been EyeFlow: an authoring platform that makes it easy to create interactive Virtual Reality simulators and Augmented Reality procedures. This solution helps companies to digitize all their training and maintenance processes without high costs.

EyeFlow is currently being used by large international companies and entities such as the Spanish Navy or Navantia to convert their technical documentation of industrial processes into interactive 3D content, improving both training in these processes and operator support.  Navantia is positioned as a benchmark company in the application of XR technologies worldwide, with a firm and strategic commitment focused on the sustainability and efficiency of its investments.

The future of technical documentation of processes is not paper, PDF or videos, the future lies in the use of 3D resources, and with EyeFlow companies can take advantage of all the benefits of XR technologies (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality) in a sustainable and scalable way.

In conclusion:

XR technologies are helping to transform the marine industry by improving efficiency, safety, and 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 promising future for the marine industry by providing innovative and advanced solutions.