Bringing real-time visualization simulation into engineering collaboration

Testing new robotic applications now happens in virtual space. (Source: Autodesk)

The human element remains at the center of any emerging engineering collaboration technology.

By Randall S. Newton

Advances in computing speeds are allowing engineering software vendors to rapidly innovate in simulation and rendering, and to integrate peripheral technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). It is now possible to change a design and visualize the effects of those changes in real time. Simulation is moving closer to real-time display but lags behind visualization rendering due to the additional computational requirements.

Although every research advance is appreciated and applied, the idea of how to apply new technology is as important as selecting the technology to use. Reaching a better state of collaboration at all levels of the organization and the supply chain are not dependent on one specific product, but on attitudes and willingness to change. Real-time simulation or VR/AR use won’t shorten deadlines on its own.

Read the complete article, “Engineering technologies still require the human element” at Digital Engineering magazine. 

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