Given the trajectory of digitization in modern markets, various topics such as: automation, networked Industry 4.0, robotics, intelligent search engines and portals, and artificial intelligence (AI) all fall under the same category. Many of these topics and processes are very abstract and not objective. However, modern augmented and virtual reality applications are a big exception, because they can be used very quickly and easily by many users in a direct manner.
While augmented reality (AR) means that the real world is enriched with virtual content – e.g. Illustration of underground tunnels and cables on screens and online images – means virtual reality is in fact fully immersed in a virtual world. With online games, VR applications have become indispensable and are finding their way outside of the gaming industry. ENGINEERING DSS is dedicated to this interesting and future-oriented topic especially with the utilization of Smart Solutions: Augmented reality and the future Virtual Reality research laboratories.
ENGINEERING DSS Smart Solutions: Augemented Reality
ENGINEERING DSS uses numerous augmented reality solutions in geocall projects to visualize subterranean distribution boxes or power lines in three dimensions. It’s also utilized in the identification of similar technical systems and devices such as distributors or voltage regulators in buildings.
In addition, ENGINEERING DSS uses augmented reality solutions to visualize animated repair instructions for field service employees in complex maintenance and repair tasks.
Particular emphasis is placed on the integration of PLM / PDM structures in geoinformation systems as well as the connection to ERP systems such as SAP-PM, SAP-FI / CO.
ENGINEERING DSS Smart Solutions: Virtual Reality
Virtual reality solutions are a particularly innovative and promising topic for ENGINEERING DSS. Even though the technology is just beginning to establish itself, we are putting into application the first insights of our future laboratory for the further development of our solutions portfolio.
The first example applications are:
- In the context of occupational health management we use e.g. ZEN meditations coupled with biofeedback sensors to reduce the stress levels on our employees.
- Another experimental application is the virtual “ENG office”, in which we invite the workforce to remote meetings in the virtual office in Hamburg for various meetings and conferences, utilizing the “virtual multiplayer mode”, thereby saving travel costs and time.
- In addition, in cooperation with the Bundeswehr Hospital of Hamburg, we support doctoral candidates in brainstorming and evaluating the possible applications of VR solutions in the clinical environment. The ultimate aim is to reduce stress levels in difficult and possibly traumatizing situations for soldiers on assignment abroad and to test new therapy options for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).