With Covid-19 restrictions in place, South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has pioneered the use of augmented reality (AR) technology to perform gas commissioning on LNG carriers
Using an inhouse-developed AR remote maintenance support system, DS4 AR Support, DSME was able to minimise person-to-person contact and address global travel bans implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic. The LNG carrier commissioning was carried out without overseas engineers being present.
Central Research Institute director DSME Dong-Gyu Choi called the use of the non-contact technology ‘groundbreaking.’
This remote maintenance support programme combines AR and video conference call technology. Through a dedicated application, users can send and receive a variety of information while sharing the screen. This makes the process much more efficient. For this reason, DSME expects to apply the technology in other areas of shipbuilding that require a variety of long-distance communication and remote support for vessels.
By using this application, DSME said it can reduce the time and cost corresponding to the ship’s various maintenance work and shipowner’s requirements, yielding potentially significant cost savings compared to traditional methods. Additionally, DSME expects the solution will contribute to productivity improvements by using it for production-design in shipyards and collaboration between shipyard-materials companies.
DSME developed the augmented reality solution in co-operation with a South Korean technology company to prepare an alternative using non-contact technology. Currently, both patents and trademark registrations have been completed, and software upgrades are underway to add various functions.
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