VR use in the engineering sector redefines practices

30/11/2018

engineer using VR

The impact of VR collaboration in the business creation process specific to engineering

The huge advantage that enable VR is to put in real situation two or more individuals on a project in conception phase. In the engineering sector, many projects require a lot of validation steps particularly when it comes to technically complex and particularly innovative projects.

All the reviews realised during the conception process, throughout milestones, enable this step-by-step validation on the project progress. On that basis reviews, project experts or clients (in other words the reviewers) will be able to share their agreements and disagreements. In that particular case, the support which is the review, all the validation process on the business creation will be possible thanks to a virtual reality solution framed on the business needs of engineering.

For instance, it is possible to create reviews for a client letting him to stop choices on equipments, amenities, specific provisions or colors, etc. In this way, the client is involved, thanks to the use of VR in engineering sector, in a real VR conception and production process even before the final phase of production. In other words, it is a virtual, sector-specific, bespoke configurator that SkyReal as a virtual reality solution publisher is able to produce.

 

The input of VR redefines business processes and uses of engineering

Sectoral branches such as aeronautics (Airbus) require the use of a large number of parts, often subcontracted to different companies and dedicated to final production.
The integration and the assembly of those parts will be fundamental steps since the diversity of the parts produced, coming from different companies, makes the process relatively complex.

Coordination for such a set of tasks also plays a very important role. Indeed, the role of the

 integrator will initially be to specify, then communicate the received elements and finally handle than in the final assembly process. Finally, he will have to check the correspondence and the accuracy of the elements produced in relation to the expected objectives.
The use of engineering VR, in this last expensive step and where the level of risk analysis is high, can now be tested as part of a virtual reality simulation.

To go further, it is possible to make design specification by the architect. With CAD projectors, designers specify their ideas and explain what the technical drawing will look like.

SkyReal enable to directly make 3D specification volume by relying on its VR software solution, but also to allocate the volumes to the available space, establish for example the technical routing of the paths through which will pass cables and pipes of a structure.

 

A tool box a VR user experience optimized

To facilitate the VR collaboration, the step-by-step validation process or the true reproduction of engineering business use, SkyReal has developed functions able to accurately reproduce human skills and gesture.

Conception Aided Design (CAD) solution includes collaboration between two or more individuals gathered in a VR environment, the ability to measure objects and parts, move components and return positions. All that concern manipulation, annotation and interactions on a project to test and check the proper product assembly is taken into account.

We can also find volume functions for VR conception and design which allow the creation of work spaces consistent with the project requirements. Are also included the possibilities to change lights, texture or the addition of an environment around the product (a ship at sea, a plane parked in a warehouse etc.).

Behind those functions, the aim is to facilitate the most the takeover of the VR environment and its customization.