Using these tools in design
The technology is invaluable to the design process in enabling stakeholders to gain a visual impression of what a new port asset would look like. It allows designers, stakeholders, clients, asset managers and more to visualise and interact with data. For example, it can visualise strain through a structure or help us understand the impact to wildlife of lengthening a dock wall.
Design options can be presented in a 2D or 3D demonstration, to give a real sense of scale, sightlines and visual impact. The user can walk or drive around the port development, viewing a proposed asset from all angles. AR and MR provide a level playing field of perception, where everyone shares the same experience.
The latest MR developments enable us to go further than ever before. 3D elements can now be displayed ‘live’ in a room so that they can be evolved and co-created as part of a team meeting.
A smart port collects vast amounts of data to help manage and improve performance. But to be effective, that data must be translated in real time via an engaging, easy to use interface. AR and MR offer the perfect vehicle. Here’s an example: an operative views a pump room’s current performance through a headset such as Microsoft HoloLens. Her visual view of the pumps is overlaid with information about pressures in each unit, input and output levels and inspection dates.
Any smart port asset can be augmented in this way to suit any specific data requirement: whether it be the levels of strain on a lock gate, energy usage at individual vessel berths or the performance of automated terminal processes.
Our approach to Smart Ports, coupled with our deep expertise and application of new digital technology enables informed client decisions. Clear information at the right time leads to the best outcomes in port design, asset management and operations. Speak to our team today to understand how digital tools can add value to projects.