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BAE Systems Launches 3D Virtual Ship Simulation Technology for Royal Navy


The parallel universe: the digital world, the 5 dimension created by man, or? .. The fact is, as they say on the face of a person: virtual reality continues the triumphant march across planet Earth.

The British company BAE Systems has opened a network of virtual platforms to create full-scale 3D-models of virtual ships at their facilities in Glasgow, Bristol and Portsmouth.

BAE Systems programmers have begun using technology long developed in the video game industry to build ships for the Royal Navy fleet cheaper and more efficient.

Using 3-D virtual reality will allow engineers and future personnel of the ships to literally "walk" around the entire future object in a "natural" computer-generated version of the ship on which they will work.

The system (virtual ship) allows engineers to explore every nook and cranny of the ship to deal with potential problems and inconsistencies long before construction begins. Designers of the ship can "move" through all communications, rooms, hidden cavities, even through bulkheads and the floor, watching the panels and hatches, as the systems fit together.

The view of the ship is projected on a giant screen located in the conference room, as if a mini-cinema is located in the design bureau.

In addition, 3-D glasses allow you to track the direction of the wearer's gaze, update the image on the screen accordingly, to visualize the place where they are looking.

This can create the feeling that the designer, engineer, repairman, military person (or supply engineer) is on board the ship, which in fact still exists only on the drawing board or in computer memory (ACAD, for example).

BAE Systems Launches 3D Virtual Ship Simulation Technology for Royal Navy

3-D virtuality turned out to be so realistic that the engineers at the first tests tried to grab the same virtual handrails in order to maintain balance during the "movement" in and around the ship.

BAE has already created five object visualizations: three for the Scotstoun shipyard and one for the shipyards in Portsmouth and Filton. All five pseudo-objects are united in a network, which makes it possible to work together and cooperate with different specialists in different parts of the country in projects.

When the Royal Navy needed an observation station for the Merlin helicopter control officer at the landing pad of the offshore patrol ship, the engineers quickly created a virtual version of it. The sailor "sat" in the observation station and was able to check the view from this station, the movement of the helicopter, takeoff and landing, and all this using 3-D glasses without the helicopter itself and without the patrol ship itself.

“With this system, we can attract many interested parties involved in the design, much more than it was before,” said Mr. Blackmore.

"In the past, we had to make wood mockups and drawings. It was long and expensive. Now, faster and cheaper."

A virtual reality system also means that product design, equipment pairing, aviation, maintenance, repair, access to components and assemblies are decided even before the object began to be built. This should reduce both the cost of designing, debugging and troubleshooting, as well as the cost of repair work.

Mr. Blackmore is confident that their system will help eliminate such "jigs", such as those that occurred during the development and construction of contracts for new aircraft carriers UK Navy.

Let me remind you: the budget for new aircraft carriers of the Queen Elizabeth class has almost doubled to £ 6,2 billion, and when the contract was claimed in 2007, it was said that two gigantic vessels would cost £ 3,65 billion.

Do not sleep, and our eternal "partners" overseas.

Project blueshark : The US Navy has been testing the capabilities of a virtual reality headset for almost a year now.

In the photo, the soldier gets acquainted with the contents of the virtual ship, carries out commands and observation — trains one day to remotely control a real warship.


What awaits us in the near future?

1. 3D vision.

Including without glasses

2. Oculus rift. Headset equipped with a Leap Motion detector.

Want to visit the Large Hadron Collider without getting up from the couch? Forward!

3. Giant 3D printer or 3D powder-laser-baked oven (selective laser sintering (SLS).

And what will remain? Just quickly assemble a set of "Lego" (if they are, products, still need).

Incredible? Come on, this is almost an accomplished reality.

"Camo Ridges", "Quo vadis". Where are you going, humanity?

Welcome to Deeptown - the capital of cyber reality!

Well, or (to someone like it), in the "Onirofilm" from Lino Olandi? Year of printing 1966, by the way.

The world is relatively near future. The 2100 year is around the corner. Humanity is immersed in voluntary sleep. This dream is called onyofilm. The film, played by a special device, immerses you in the very fabric of the story. You are the main character. You defeat the enemies. You are given the most beautiful girl of the new cinema - Sophie Barlow. And besides her, there are still many tireless prostitutes of the new dream factory. There is no natural relationship between the sexes for a hundred years. Reproduction is artificial. Humanity lives on the principle of the golden billion. The rest are below the poverty line, but they are fed up in order not to die. The rest, working three hours a day, are immersed in onyrofilm dreams. There are, however, marginals that despise the existing system and are trying to restore the naturalness of the relationship.

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  1. Georgy USSR
    Georgy USSR 9 December 2014 05: 25
    Just the same matrix and the throne in one bottle
    1. mirag2
      mirag2 9 December 2014 05: 37
      Irony is hardly a place here.
      Our enemies accelerate and improve the development of weapons, which is not directed against Tuamotu, but against Russia.
      Although it’s not good news what a breakthrough, but still ...
      1. Ruslan
        Ruslan 9 December 2014 06: 07
        That’s why VPC needs to be developed, cherished and cherished. in addition to directly weapons, he gives a bunch of related technologies for the civilian economy. VPK is always at the forefront of technological progress.
        1. timer
          timer 15 December 2014 21: 14
          It is not necessary to take care of the military-industrial complex for the sake of the military-industrial complex as detached from the industrial matrix of Russia. I see the military-industrial complex as the core of high-tech scientific and production conglomerates, which are tied to applied and fundamental scientific thought, specialized universities and technical schools, inventors and the experimental base of small enterprises created by scientists and students . As a result, it is a giant octopus called RUSSIA, dual technologies, advanced scientific thought, high quality and production culture, operating on a planetary scale and beyond.
    2. Giant thought
      Giant thought 9 December 2014 10: 14
      Science and technology are developing very rapidly, that which seemed impossible yesterday, today takes on real features.
  2. Vasily Ivashov
    Vasily Ivashov 9 December 2014 05: 29
    An even greater number of people will go into the virtual world, partially or completely.
    For construction and design, these technologies are very good: everything will happen faster, more accurately and cheaper.
  3. silver169
    silver169 9 December 2014 05: 30
    Russia needs to introduce such technologies as soon as possible, for the Navy it is especially important, because help speed up the construction of warships and the speedy upgrade of the fleet.
  4. SamSeBse
    SamSeBse 9 December 2014 06: 01
    Yes damn 21 century ... We need to accelerate and urgently. It seems that people (Fursov, Katasonov and others) are right in the sense that it is time to move on to a wartime economy ...
    1. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 9 December 2014 06: 04
      Quote: SamSebe
      .. We need to accelerate and urgently.

      like fast and furious and TTU together ... recourse
  5. Dembel77
    Dembel77 9 December 2014 06: 02
    What is created using computer technology, among other things, also attracts new young cadres of modern engineers, including from other countries. There is a danger of brain drain, and what
    will our country be able to offer our potential young professionals? After all, the future, as you know,
    created today.
    1. Very old
      Very old 9 December 2014 06: 11
      Vlad-Dembel, last year at the forum there was a lot of arguing about scientific companies - this is where they are needed - this is the business of the young and the "advanced", don't fucking wipe your pants through the dusty archives hi
    2. silver169
      silver169 9 December 2014 06: 21
      It seems to me that Russia has recently begun to take more seriously both its talented young specialists and the attraction of former compatriots from abroad. Only one example, my friend, he himself from Sergiev Posad (Zagorsk), at one time he graduated from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, the smartest person. In Australia, made a rapid career, received more than $ 200 thousand a year. By our standards, this is a lot of money. A few years ago, he left everything and returned with his family to Russia. And according to rumors, he is not the only one.
  6. bmv04636
    bmv04636 9 December 2014 06: 09
    The matrix comes to us laughing
    1. Penelope
      Penelope 9 December 2014 10: 19
      Here the hell, as you have already advanced.
    2. The comment was deleted.
  7. Junior, I
    Junior, I 9 December 2014 06: 23
    Soon they will completely forget how to draw on whatman paper.
    Cars will do everything for a person.
    First they fantasize, and then everything is transferred to the reality of 3D.
  8. sazhka4
    sazhka4 9 December 2014 06: 33
    Well, we are still ahead of all. Like, on Earth, everything has already been decided and now:
    “The availability of Arctic and Antarctic resources is comparable to the availability of Moon resources.” With these words, the draft program for the “Exploration of Deep Space” argues for plans in the coming decades to establish mining on the moon and transfer industrial production to the satellite.
    And then some 3-D printers. Why trifle ...
  9. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 9 December 2014 06: 40
    Dear forum users. This is just a handy piece of hardware (software, of course) that helps to reduce the number of errors in 15D modeling, which is now in every workshop. This modeling really speeds up the design process five times (in the area available to me). No longer needed grandiose design bureaus, cluttered with drawers. Boys (and girls) sit behind screens, and in three months a new machine is born. From scratch". And it is drawn not by XNUMX people, but by three.
    And about 3-D printers with laser sintering of metals - this, of course, is a new technology. And it will certainly develop. But aircraft carriers with its help will not be built yet. Even pistols - with difficulty.
    1. MolGro
      MolGro 9 December 2014 06: 47
      about the errors it is still necessary to see)
      honestly it’s good to do ergonomics with this software, but to design is not good!
      that will be inconsistent comfort)
    2. opus
      9 December 2014 16: 36
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      This is just a convenient piece of hardware (software, of course) that helps reduce

      I do not agree.
      This is a different world. Or rather its beginning, as with "mobile phones", history repeats itself
      What is a mobile phone (when it was born) is just a means of communication (thought at the beginning).
      At dawn": Proud and very wealthy owners needed a good physical shape, which would be comfortable enough to operate with heavy and bulky gadgets. In addition, it was necessary to have access to an electrical outlet in order to use the first mobile devices, since the batteries were not built into them yet.

      Today these are "10 most significant modern gadgets that changed the our life."
      -Communication and society

      Navigation and contactless payment for services (travel in transport)
      -almost monitors the health of the owner
      -games, TV, mobile Internet, essentially a powerful PC in your pocket
      notebook and personal secretary

      camera and camcorder in the palm of your hand
      -phone is a way to show your social status.
      SMS / MMS: a new hot spot in the information industry, WAP protocol, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, LTE, a router in your pocket
      -on the approach of the 5G network (as a result of mobile Internet)

      quite possibly, the computing power of Iphons will soon be used in the calculations, well, as now private PCs on the network believe that the thread for astronomy
      Yes and much more

      “At present, you can lose your wallet, but if you have lost your mobile phone, then your life will change significantly”
      1. opus
        9 December 2014 16: 39
        Quote: Mountain Shooter
        Even pistols - with difficulty.


        18 September 2014: Local Motors, an American company, introduced an electric car made with an 3D printer in just 44 hours. Double roadster with a removable roof was called Strati (translated from Italian, “Layer”)

        The Big Area Additive Manufacturing 3D printer, capable of working with a productivity of 4,5 kg of plastic per hour.

        Battery, electric motor, tires, wiring and suspension were created in the usual way.

  10. guznorodov
    guznorodov 9 December 2014 06: 49
    That's for sure, as long as this is all set up, more than a decade will pass with these 3D printers.
    1. opus
      9 December 2014 16: 49
      Quote: guznorodov
      more than one decade with these 3 printers.

      1. Already today, using the simple 3d gen x printer, you can easily make a model of any complexity and even the 3 printer itself.

      (The 40% device is made from components grown by the 3D printer itself.)
      Nothing like that?
      To complete the task, you only need to add a sample model to the program, give raw materials and send them for execution!
      2. Already there are technologies (3D printers) that allow using a human cell to "print" a blood vessel (Fraunhofer Institute Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnolog).

      Today, it is possible to recreate those parts of the body where the nerve nodes are quite weak. For example, it can be an implantation of individual fingers, etc.
      3. Sun-sand 3D printer from Marcus Kaiser.

      4. When mankind thinks of the invention of such an 3D printer that can fully recreate all the necessary items (phone, car, food, etc.), will communism come? wink
      What's bad about it? Probably nothing. After all, everyone will be able to satisfy their needs in a fairly simple way.
      DHL experts predict that by 2050, every third family in the developed world will have an 3D printer at home.
  11. Privat
    Privat 9 December 2014 08: 47
    Quote: MolGro
    honestly it’s good to do ergonomics with this software, but to design is not good!
    All these virtual realities are still based on CAD systems such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks. Essentially, this is just a new visualization system, not design. Check the layout or ergonomics of such large objects as a ship or plane - yes, it’s probably convenient. But to complete the most important part of the work - actually designing parts and assemblies - such bells and whistles are simply not needed, since 3D animation does not help the development of a small assembly, and 3D modeling has been used for twenty years already.
    The most useful such systems, most likely, will be precisely for the accelerated training of the crew of objects that have not yet been built "in hardware".
    1. opus
      9 December 2014 17: 10
      Quote: Private
      All these virtual realities are still based on CAD systems such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks.

      No. This is the technology (principles) of computer games + VR (“Aspen Movie Map” created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977.)

      For production, 3D allows you to get metadata from ACAD, etc., compile it into and coordinate it with head tracking systems (TrackIR, RUCAP UM-5, HeadJoy, ART tracking system), eye movement tracking systems (Aitracking), body movement tracking systems ( Motion camture / motion tracking: Kinect from Microsoft, Leap 3D), virtual reality gloves (Wired Gloves: Leap 3D, The PEREGRINE Wearable Interface - Medium Glove, Essential Reality P5 Gaming Glove), 3D controllers / 3D mice (Wii Remote, PlayStation Move ) etc
      Quote: Private
      3D modeling has been around for twenty years now.

      Ivan Edward Sutherland, MSc from California Institute of Technology and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering (EECS) from MIT in 1963 year-created the SketchPad application, a revolutionary program in the world of computer technology that allowed you to produce light first 3D objects.

      Quote: Private
      The most useful such systems are likely to be for accelerated learning.

      design !!!
      Virtual prototyping, virtual assembly, virtual testing

      i BMW reports that it saves one million dollars every timewhen it is possible to abandon the natural fracture tests, using instead of them numerical experiments on supercomputers.

      Ford argues that the introduction of such systems has reduced the design time of a passenger car model with 42 to 24 weeks.

      and some details have long been standardized, detailed and "lie" in the warehouse (virtual ", well, like the C ++ Standard Library (cstdlib, cstring, cstdio, etc.)
      1. Privat
        Privat 9 December 2014 22: 19
        Quote: opus
        For 3D production, it allows you to retrieve metadata from ACAD ...
        So I write about it. Before you visualize a model, you need to create it using something. In a computer toy, an artist just needs to draw an object, and when constructing a real object, you need to not only invent it, but also construct it, that is, calculate it.
        The general design, the arrangement of information panels and controls, the organization of the workspace, the colors - that is, the most optimal "embedding" of a person in a machine - for this, VR-based visualization is very suitable. Actually, this is what accelerates the development of the car.
        But such a system is unlikely to help create an engine or transmission. Ensuring strength, rigidity, reliability, calculation of heat loads, reducing material consumption, manufacturability, wear resistance, the selection of tolerances and fittings for interfacing with other elements - all this lies with the designer and his CAD system and is a creative task, that is, very difficult to algorithmize. And, besides, a component of 90% of the labor required to create new equipment.
        In general, the use of VR design as a universal development tool is a thing of the future. IMHO, of course.
        Quote: opus
        and some details have long been standardized, detailed and "lie" in the warehouse (virtual ", well, like the C ++ Standard Library (cstdlib, cstring, cstdio, etc.)
        Here, too, not everything is so rosy. Libraries of CAD primitives are several times (and often dozens of times) more expensive than CAD systems themselves. And each company has its own. And not every company will give its best practices for general use, especially if they are related to defense. So, if the development is really new, you will have to create the primitives yourself too. Well, perhaps, except for bolts and nuts, and even then, if they are standard. smile
        But about 3D printers, I have a different opinion. In my opinion, this is a real technological revolution.
        And if materials scientists manage to create for them the necessary sets of "ink" (initial materials for printing), in 10 years we will be surrounded on all sides by devices that look like replicators from the legendary StarTrack ("Star Trek"). wink
        1. opus
          10 December 2014 00: 53
          Quote: Private
          But such a system is unlikely to help create an engine or transmission.

          while everything is "created" by a person, his brain.
          CAD will not "create" the same

          Quote: Private
          Libraries of primitives for CAD cost at times

          One "module" in VBA for drawing one primitive - $ 50
          GUI - $ 50
          Reports in Word, Excel - $ 200
          Library on 20 primitives - 20 x $ 20 = $ 400
          Total - $ 700.

          Bricscad V14 Pro - All-in - Russian version of 32 500 rub. (Commercial license for BricsCAD Pro costs 470 euroseight times lowerthan AutoCAD license)
          Here's the thing: Eric De Keyser claims that more than 1700 companies in the world are developing applications for AutoCAD (only for him) !!
          And how many companies are developing AutoCADs?
          Quote: Private
          So, if the development is really new, you will have to create the primitives yourself too.

          The world is moving towards modularity and standardization: this is the main condition for cheapening and increasing productivity.
          How Traffic Rules and Software from AutoTrack for traffic analysis
          1. Privat
            Privat 10 December 2014 04: 18
            First, look at the prices (Autodesk is still a trendsetter)
            Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical 2015 Commercial New SLM - 4897 $
            700 thousand primitives included. Can I draw a car in this CAD? No problem!
            But the shell is specifically for the development of cars:
            Autodesk Alias ​​AutoStudio 2015 Commercial New SLM - 40592 $
            Wow! Why is it almost ten times more expensive? Yes, because with libraries of primitives and, most importantly, with a database of already patented contour lines, so as not to accidentally repeat and run into scandal and payment of license fees.
            In addition, these libraries are not just graphic primitives rather directories actually produced parts with certain characteristics, confirmed by certificates of physical tests and even with the coordinates of manufacturers, so that you can immediately draw up specifications for the designed product. This is what distinguishes the design of real devices from drawing 3D models. They should not only look, but also truly work.
            Quote: opus
            The world is moving towards modularity and standardization: this is the main condition for cheapening and increasing productivity.
            How I would like it! Moreover, that is exactly how it should be in the mind. But life is much more diverse. laughing
            Recently soldered broken USB sockets in the laptop. It would seem that it could be more standard? It could not even have crossed my mind that the world-famous ASUS company could use home-made jacks not only of a non-standard size, but even with a mirror pinout !!!
            You calculated the cost of 20 graphic primitives. So be it.
            But, say, in a modern aircraft engine there are more than 100 parts. And each such engine is unique. It has very few standard parts, even screws and rivets are often specially designed.
            Therefore, you will not find in the Autodesk catalogs (and other manufacturers) specialized platforms for the design of aircraft engines. Firms that have spent many millions (billions?) On their own developments will never share the results with competitors. And they will develop their own unique libraries and databases, even if it is crystal clear to everyone that standardization and unification have a future.
            PS I am familiar with AutoCad, and in 3D Max I made presentations when they did not even have a common interface yet. It was a long time ago and it cost a lot of gray hair.
            Therefore, I understand your enthusiasm and welcome in every possible way (put down the pluses) and I want to wish you every success. Only, even while developing virtual worlds, you still should not break too far from the realities of life surrounding us. wink
            1. opus
              10 December 2014 17: 10
              Quote: Private
              Wow! Why is it almost ten times more expensive?

              everything is clear, everything is true.
              But there is one but (!)
              the number of CAD (manufacturing firms) is small (units), the number of firms "making" primitives for thousands.
              It will be more, the price will be cheaper.
              You won’t do much CAD (and competition), the primitive can also issue my younger
              Quote: Private
              This is what distinguishes the design of real devices from drawing

              we consider only the real application, 3 modelki cited for the driver

              Quote: Private
              Moreover, that is exactly how it should be in the mind.

              believe it will be so.
              The wheels can be of different diameters, and the landing size is different and the width of the disc ...
              BUT ALL THEY ARE ROUND
              Quote: Private
              But, say, in a modern aircraft engine there are more 100 000 parts.

              I won’t say about aviation, about LRE-unification, and the more, the cheaper, the more they will be released (both the LRE itself and TNA, etc.)
              RD-170 (171)

              RD -180


              However, with the air all the same (even more : this is the gas turbines of ships and helicopters)

              Quote: Private
              they will never share the results with competitors.

              Why with competitors? YOURSELF WITH YOURSELF (with your own units0
              Microsoft does not share source code and libraries with Google
              1. opus
                10 December 2014 17: 13
                Quote: Private
                ASUS can use homemade sockets not only of a non-standard size, but even with a mirror pinout !!!

                then it is NOT Universal Serial Bus - "universal
                serial bus "
                you just came across an old woman BEFORE USB 1.0 Release Candidate (0,7; 0,8, etc.)

                Quote: Private
                I welcome in every possible way (affixed plus signs) and I want to wish you every success

                "+" doesn't matter
                There is no particular etuzazism: I have been using it for a long time, I just came across the article "under the arm" along with a re-reading by Lukyanenko
                Quote: Private
                do not break too far from the realities of the life around us.

                - at my age this does not threaten me
  12. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 9 December 2014 18: 21
    BAE Systems is not the first.
    Americans designed aircraft carrier Gerald Ford
    in this manner. Without the usual layouts and, of course, without
    paper drawings.
    1. bmv04636
      bmv04636 11 December 2014 12: 10
      And let the matrices load cheaper it will be, why real build laughing
  13. opus
    9 December 2014 22: 28
    Quote: voyaka uh
    Americans designed aircraft carrier Gerald Ford
    in this manner

    not so more primitive
    there ROVR 3D 1080dpi but in (1: 37)

    "you can't walk1, no one fell, and didn't grab the handrails