Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the shipbuilding industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. So, let’s take a look at promising Augmented & Virtual Reality (AR & VR) solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top AR & VR Startups
For our 5 picks of AR & VR startups, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 75 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Damen – Pre-Construction Demonstration
One of the common applications of VR and AR in shipbuilding is the demonstration of a product to the customer or engineers before construction starts. It is how the team can finalize the design details or measurements characteristics with the help of the interaction with the virtual surrounding and the analysis of 2D and 3D images. Damen, a startup from the Netherlands, works on an R&D project within the company that allows not only to virtually walk around the ship but also to change the location, size, and shape of the vessel before moving on to the layout of the machinery, deck equipment, wheelhouses, and accommodation units.
Morild – Training & Maintenance
The training and maintenance areas in shipbuilding allow people to learn how to operate a new vessel or act in emergencies, off-shore evacuation, high-speed navigation before building even the smallest section of the ship. Norwegian Morild uses high-end simulation technologies for both operational and product training by creating close to reality vessel simulations and offering multiple scenarios for structured personnel training.
Wartsila – Augmented Warnings
AR glasses can help technicians preserve better maintenance of the ship due to its preventative technologies. AR glasses warn about possible or current breakdowns when the technicians inspect the vessel and even show step-by-step guidance for eliminating the problem. Wartsila, a startup from Finland, tests the effectiveness of AR wearables during the guidance procedure and evaluated that this guidance provides new opportunities in efficiency optimization, usage in docking and shipyard, improving the overall safety.
Index AR Solutions – Validation Of Design Ideas
Augmented reality allows shipbuilding engineers to put digital information in a visual environment in order to validate whether certain design ideas can be implemented at in following construction stage. US-based Index AR Solutions offers a digital overlay of the required information to improve inspection and workflow operations by enabling the experience of offered design and adapt it in accordance with the customer’s or engineers’ needs.
3D Maritim – Data-Driven Ship Construction
Keeping track of a ship’s construction process and changes in itself can be challenging given the amount of documentation in the database. That is why VR-driven applications work with rapid prototyping to capture the current status of the production process and enable accurate data interchange between reality and virtuality. German 3D Maritim focuses on placing the elements in the ship’s hull, converting point data into design data, integration of geometric data in the database, real-time measurement, calculation of possible deviations from the expected model.
What About The Other 70 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 AR & VR startups showcased above are promising examples out of 75 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.