Holovis is showcasing the latest augmented reality (AR) module for its LearnView training suite at ITEC 2018 in Stuttgart this week. The system features real-time tracking with augmented data overlays for training and maintenance on real-world platforms and assets.
LearnView is a proprietary Holovis software suite that translates training materials into intuitive, immersive and interactive scenarios. The virtual reality (VR) module first launched at the BAE Systems Aerospace Academy in 2017, bringing to life real-world training scenarios in a VR CAVE environment linked with desktop immersive learning displays. LearnView allows groups to train in the same physical and virtual spaces regardless of geographic location and examine and interact naturally with datasets in 1:1 scale, without the restrictions and limitations of headsets and in a risk-free environment.
This next level of LearnView allows engineers to delve deeper into the mechanics of real-world systems by overlaying data and visualisations accurately on to products and assets. This operates in real-time for training, reviews and live maintenance assist or to identify the causes of problems, acting as a virtual manual with real-time database connectivity that is always instantly accessible.
This is being demonstrated at the show using a Eurofighter TYPHOON model. Visitors will use iPads to scan the surface of the plane and see real-time datasets virtually reconstructed and overlaid on their screen. The solution highlights areas of the model that can be explored and interacted with to bring up additional information such as training, damage inspection, operational and maintenance data.
The training option also allows the user to virtually lock on to part of the model, such as an engine, and expand it to see the inner workings and components. It can then be used to launch videos or step by step guides showing how to replace or change elements, trouble shoot problems or instantly log and reference them for further attention, all linked in real-time to a back-end database system.
This instant access to information saves time in trying to locate physical user manuals and ensures engineers can complete tasks with reduced training and mean time to fix. If a problem needs to be escalated, this can also be done in real-time from the device, alerting a specialist engineer instantly.
Information can be linked to manufacturing and enterprise management systems for even greater functionality and added value. Data can be recorded, and insightful analytics generated, reporting on how often certain parts are failing, the reasons why and collated as part of SLAs with suppliers.
Holovis specialises in the development of emerging technologies providing turnkey solutions from use case development through to content, software creation, engineering design and installation.
“This method of training or maintenance can be applied to any component or operational system via our standard LearnView platform. We then work on a bespoke basis for each use case, with our software development team establishing what needs to be visualised then working with existing CAD, manuals or analysis data to create the digital simulation. The solution is completely scalable, from a single part through to a whole vehicle or vessel, and is compatible with all devices, even linking with purchasing systems if needed to submit requests for replacement parts orders instantly,” commented the company’s Simulation Business Development lead, Tom Smith.