New VR app from Ricardo helps engineers to collaborate

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Engineering and environmental consultancy Ricardo has launched an advanced immersive virtual reality (VR) app for collaborative, simultaneous engineering design reviews.

The new app enables multiple users in different geographical locations to work on an engineering design at the same time.

According to Ricardo, which is showcasing the app at the International Vienna Motor Symposium this week, complex automotive engineering programmes are being carried out “to unprecedentedly tight timescales and to ever higher levels of design optimisation”.

They are also requiring the input of and collaboration between different specialist teams on an international basis.

The Ricardo VR Engineering Design Review app overcomes these challenges through a three-dimensional (3D) virtual environment that enables users to investigate complex computer-aided designs (CAD) at full scale, in a shared immersive VR session.

Ricardo’s live demonstration of the app at the International Vienna Motor Symposium will allow attendees to manipulate and examine individual components of an engine CAD model. They will also be able to show, hide and isolate sub-assemblies.

The cross-sectioning tool allows users to visualise the inner-most components while assessing the potential for component clashes, manufacturing and ease of assembly.

In manipulating the model, users can also take measurements, add 3D annotations, and record screenshots and voice memos.

Markus Doerr, managing director of Ricardo Automotive, said: “Ricardo is pleased to be participating again at this year’s Vienna Motor Symposium … demonstrating some of the latest thinking in engineering design with the launch our new VR Engineering Design Review app.”

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