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Multi-user VR solution

Technology: Virtual Reality Client: Maersk Oil Keywords: collaboration, design, multi-user

Client

The Tyra field, operated by Maersk Oil, plays a central role in the Danish energy infrastructure, and the redevelopment of Tyra helps to ensure a continued production at Denmark’s largest gas-field.

Challenge

How does one visualize the future of the Tyra field? Designing and developing new and large-scale constructions is difficult to grasp by nature. 3D drawings give you a clear view of layout and equipment – but exploring drawings will only take you so far.

The complexity increases even further when you are designing an offshore combined work- and living space. For employees working on an offshore-rig, space is limited, and you have to make the best use of every square meter, just as you have to take safety and work regulations into consideration at all point.

Solution

To bring the new Tyra platforms to life, years before they are built, the Maersk Oil team behind the Tyra Redevelopment project joined forces with Unity Studios to develop a virtual reality solution. This solution would allow everyone with an interest to visit a digital twin of what the actual platform will look like when finalized in 2021. With VR, Maersk Oil can look inside the unbuilt platforms of the future.

The solution is developed for the HTC Vive VR-headset and includes multi-user setup and VoIP that allows for up to 10 visitors to meet, talk and explore the solution together even though the visitors physically are located in different locations all over the world. This saves time and money.

The users can experience and get an overview of the accommodation platform, explore the different levels of the platform, visit cabins, examine the control room, and get a feel of how the final platform will look.

The VR solution can potentially be used for several different purposes:

  • Review and discuss proposed design changes in a virtual 1:1 setting.
  • Familiarizing operators with the platforms before they are physically built.
  • Giving onshore staff, with limited opportunities for traveling offshore, the chance to visualize the platform and understand the challenges faced offshore.
  • Reviewing proposed facility modifications to ensure they are operable and will physically fit between existing equipment.
  • Simulating major offshore tasks like mechanical handling or the building of scaffolding, enabling better risk assessments and mitigations to be made before the job is started.