3D Modelling of Queen Elizabeth Class

Thursday 23 February 2017

7.00pm for 7:30pm start, 8:30pm Lecture Finish (approximate)

The Bargeman’s Rest, Little London Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5BS | Map


Organised by the IET South Solent local network (Isle of Wight), jointly with BCS Hampshire Branch

Presenter: Matt Bowden, BAE Systems


Design engineers are now able to visualise and interact with complex platform designs through the use of functionality integrated within the latest Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages. New technologies, such as laser scanning, allow technical models to be created directly from the real world, without needing to create CAD versions manually.  Much of this technology comes from parallel technology streams, e.g. the visualisation tools utilise software components and hardware that can be traced back to a gaming source.

BAE Systems has developed PC-based 3D interactive models of the Royal Navy's Vanguard and Trafalgar class submarines for use in initial submariner training courses. These 3D models were built using the Unity 3D gaming engine, from a variety of data sources - photographs, 2D diagrams and CAD data.

The company is now developing the use of similar models, using a variety of data sources, to provide training for its own engineering personnel who will be working on future naval platforms such as the Queen Elizabeth class carriers, and to support maintenance and repair tasks on a range of platforms from the Mary Rose, to HMS Duncan, one of the latest T45 destroyers. Additionally, visualisation technology is being used as part of the ship design process, e.g. for the RN's new Type 26 Global Combat Ships, to ensure future required support and maintenance activities can be carried out as efficiently as possible.

Initial investigations have identified that there are synergies to be exploited for the benefit of both the training and the engineering worlds.

This presentation will outline the visualisation technologies being used by BAE Systems, show examples of their work to date, and culminate in an open discussion on where the technologies could take us in the near future.

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