The virtual and the industry: the digital revolution is underway

Drawing on its know-how in 3D, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), AUSY supports its industry or tertiary clients in their digital transition through the design and the implementation of custom-made immersive and augmented solutions, all while integrating the processes already in place.
This article focuses on the three technologies and their uses.

3D

3D modelling and simulation make it possible to move an object or a system, to move around it and to manipulate it. Thus, this digital technology offers new possibilities of exploration, interaction and comprehension of an object’s or structure’s behaviour in a situation. It is especially used in the aeronautics, automobiles, defence and construction fields.

For example, AUSY intervenes in the Energy and Oil & Gas sectors in order to model and visualise the behaviour of wind turbines or structures, steel frames and pipes in plants or catenaries, platforms, installation boats, buoy sections, cranes and winches on offshore platforms.

In the industry, this technology, coupled to AR or VR, is principally adapted for quality inspection and compliance operations, failure analysis and troubleshooting.

Illustration of the use of Unity 3D

As part of national air transport conferences, the General Department of Civil Aviation (DGAC) and the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity-Based Transition have launched a call for projects for the design of an innovative open-source application facilitating air transport data visualisation and sharing: traffic volume (passengers and plane movements), delays and emissions (carbon dioxide, fine particles, etc.) near airports. The main objective was to create an innovative, interactive and educational data visualisation tool to be used by professionals and the general public.

AUSY offered an application prototype built on Unity 3D/WebGL components for Data Visualisation as well as a REST back-end that aggregates DGAC Open Data with the help of Python scripts, hosting it all in a 100% cloud environment.

The jury awarded the AUSY team with 3rd place, consequently rewarding “the originality of the proposed solution, offering possibilities of accessing data equally well whether at a fixed station or on a digital tablet or smartphone.”

 

AUGMENTED REALITY

AR consists of using devices such as a tablet or specific goggles in order to show us the world that surrounds us, enriched with information superimposed on images (text, highlighted elements, etc.).

As of today, the Microsoft Hololens goggles are the most advanced. This type of device has the advantage of the user being able to work while having free hands, interactions taking place intuitively through looks, voice or gestures.

 

Hololens

 

In the general public market, AUSY is participating in the creation of the next-generation travel agency with augmented-reality environment immersion thanks to the Hololens goggles.

The technology has evolved greatly in recent times and the new development kits (Google’s ARCore for Android and Apple’s ARKit for iOS) better take into account surrounding elements, ambient light and user movements.

In the industry, this technology is mainly offered in order to run training sessions, tutorials with different steps to complete as part of assembly or distance support maintenance operations, visualisation, etc.

Embedded tablet applications are capable of, for instance, identifying a part, indicating which potential maintenance act to carry out and to show the operator how to proceed.

In the industrial world, AUSY is involved in assisted aid to equipment configuration statements, making it possible to compare the physical reality of equipment completion and the technical data integrated in the production database.

Finally, investment in this type of technology assures productivity gains, even while making the user more autonomous and quicker, as well as reliability gains while limiting the possibility of mistakes. It also allows for better capitalisation on and availability of knowledge (maintenance procedures, etc.).

 


VIRTUAL REALITY

 

VR consists of using devices, such as a headset, that totally plunges the user into a virtual world.

The HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift headsets have made their appearance in the industrial world. This type of device presents the advantage of reproducing real visual, sonar and olfactory sensations to reinforce the immersion.

 

               Htc-Vive         Oculus Rift

 

This technology is mainly used for simulation, prediction and training of operators when intervening in a dangerous environment, for example.
 

Example of virtual reality application in exercising how to use a fire extinguisher

 

It also makes it possible to have a better understanding of systems and to anticipate the life cycle of a product before it is put into production.

For example, AUSY participates in air cabin development by creating virtual and augmented reality scenes in order to support the validation and verification of the maintainability, installation, human factors and industrial design in the cabin.

A summary in images


 

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