In much the same way as other advanced technologies in the past, Virtual Reality has been used until recently only in few professional environments due to its relatively high cost. Remarkably, in engineering projects whose final product is available as a digital mock-up allowing immersive interaction, VR has already shown its great potential for design review, ergonomics and usability studies and simulation of assembly operations, among other practical applications. 

At present, the increasing availability of affordable VR gear and amazing portable devices is favouring the development of new solutions in many more fields of application, including home entertainment, which will let us interact with the virtual world like never before. Definitely, VR has burst into our lives. 

How these new ways of man-computer interaction are being translated into the shipbuilding business? In particular, how computer aided design and manufacturing systems are incorporating VR technology? How will the new generation of naval architects and marine engineers design? 

Starting with an overview of the state of the art of this technology, our paper addresses the above questions and describes the benefits arisen from the immersive experience of true VR in the ship design and production process. Particular attention is paid to the latest VR-related features in Sener’s Foran software.

Alfonso Cebollero and Luis Sánchez, Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas S A, Spain


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