Virtual Reality Tool Helps Design Vessel Interiors
If you’re going to be investing in a vessel as substantial as a cruise ship or a yacht, you’re probably going to want to be assured that every last detail of it’s interior has been accounted for. However, thanks to the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, the days of creating expensive interior mock ups could be a thing of the past.
The “Virtual Maritime Interior Configurator," is a new tool created by Fraunhofer IGD that enables shipbuilders and their customers to finalise a vessel’s interior a long time before construction begins. The 3D configurator enables future owners to visualise, experience and make changes to their vessel’s interior in real time.
The new tool will make its marine debut at the SMM Convention in Hamburg from September 9 to 12, where visitors will be able to navigate through and make changes to a 3D yacht interior using a multi-touch monitor.
The greatest benefit this new product will bring is the ability to avoid surprise costs created by poor planning as a project moves closer toward completion. To ensure every detail is signed off before a build, the tool has a built in “meso scanner” that allows real materials to be scanned and imported into elements of the virtual 3D interior.
Professor Uwe von Lukas, head of the Competence Center“Maritime Graphics” at Fraunhofer IGD said;
Due to the realistic effect, they will be able to tell whether the selected materials match the interior inside the future yacht even before the first stage of construction begins.
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Article by Jack Bartrop