Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has launched its new HoloShip facility, an immersive visualization system that enables Seaspan and the Canadian marine industry community to access a virtual reality environment to develop, integrate, test and demonstrate new digital twin capabilities and transform how ships are built, constructed, and maintained.
Modern shipbuilding and through-life support are rapidly evolving with integrated use of digital technology and digital twins. Effective use of digital information is critical for shipbuilders and ship owners/operators and forms the foundation for connected products and services that can result in more efficient, safer and sustainable fleets.
Seaspan’s HoloShip enables designers, engineers, production teams, and customers to virtually experience, on a 5.6-metre-wide display wall, a fully detailed, three-dimensional and highly accurate digital model of the vessel. Using 3D and virtual reality headsets, participants are transported onto the ship, able to move about to view and interact with the space, as well as with the equipment, components, systems and subsystems. Participants can also access the HoloShip via a networked system at a remote location.
The HoloShip platform enables engineering and design teams to assess and evaluate a wide range of uses and scenarios across all stages of a vessel’s lifecycle, from design and construction through to delivery, operations, maintenance and training. Integrating advanced visualization systems allows teams to optimize models and collaborate effectively with customers to increase productivity, efficiency and quality. Emerging digital twin technologies can be leveraged to aid vessel owners and operators to reduce down-time for repair, more effectively maintain, sustain and enhance fleets and lower vessel cost of ownership.
The HoloShip will immediately benefit the non-combat vessels that Seaspan is constructing for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), including the Polar Icebreaker and Multi-Purpose Vessels that are currently in the design phase. It also presents an opportunity to nurture growth across the supply chain enabling companies to sustain and grow over the long term and better position Canadian technology in the export market.
The HoloShip platform is part of Seaspan Shipyards value proposition commitments under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.