French naval shipbuilder DCNS is testing the benefits of augmented reality for warship design, construction and maintenance.
Augmented reality offers a real-time view of the user’s surroundings enhanced with computer-generated information. The technology has now advanced to the point where it is ready for deployment by the French naval defence industry. AR is seen as a building block of the ‘factory of the future’ on which a number of industrial firms and research laboratories are working, including the Technocampus Ocean based near Nantes in western France. The overriding aim is to improve the industry’s productivity by making greater use of robots and digital production technologies.
The French industrial ecosystem of companies specialising in digital tools has a strong track record. Dassault Systèmes, aka 3DS, is a world leader in product lifecycle management (PLM) software for the industrial development of complex products like aircraft and ships. This ecosystem also comprises a nu…
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