Lockheed Martin UK adopts VR and immersive visualisation tools

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With the ActiveWall, Lockheed Martin’s engineers can jump into an immersive virtual environment with the Oculus Rift

Lockheed Martin, the global aerospace, defence, security and advanced technology giant, has adopted a range of new Virtual Reality (VR) and 3D immersive visualisation solutions from Virtalis.

An early adopter of Visionary Render software, its set-up is able to immerse users in a real-time, interactive VR environment created from huge 3D datasets. 

Users can work alone, in small groups, or collaborate with distant colleagues in a common virtual environment to perform design reviews, rehearse in-depth training, validate maintenance procedures or verify assembly and manufacturing processes.
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A video highlighting the features of ActiveWall v4
Lockheed Martin also recently installed a transportable version of the ActiveWall, Virtalis’ installed, immersive, interactive 3D visualisation system

Featuring a 3D DLP projector, a custom screen designed to be moved to different locations and a PC workstation to generate the active stereo images, this system has already been used in a major Land Vehicle Programme review. 

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“Our customer, the UK’s Ministry of Defence, as well as our engineers and business development people, was able to prove-out views of the 3D model through visualisation,” explains Lockheed Martin research engineer Ryan Neal.

“This meant that instead of producing detailed performance reports over several months we were able to view a 3D mock-up of the model using Virtalis’ Visionary Render.

“In effect, words were replaced with interactive 3D pictures.”

Software engineer Ryan Neal receives Lockheed Martin UK Award for Excellence for his work on the 3D Visualisation Suite

As a result of the successful introduction of advanced 3D visualisation technology to an extremely tight deadline, Neal was nominated for and won the prestigious Lockheed Martin Vector Award for Innovation.

The award was presented at the swanky Lockheed Martin UK Leadership Conference by Lockheed Martin UK chief executive Stephen Ball.


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