Raytheon Australia’s next generation Customer Engagement Centre featuring a cave automatic virtual environment (CAVE) has been opened at the company’s corporate headquarters in Canberra.
The CAVE leverages virtual reality technology within a structure consisting of 72 large video screens positioned in a 320 degree arrangement. Utilising stereoscopic projection and 3D computer graphics, it can be linked to similar facilities in the US, allowing real time collaboration across international teams.
“The Customer Engagement Centre brings defence technology to life for customers and engineers in ways never before possible through cutting edge virtual reality,” managing director Raytheon Australia Michael Ward said.
“As the nation’s leading integrator of mission systems, we will utilise this Centre to create opportunities for innovation and collaboration with Defence and our supplier partners.”
The facility will be used for a range of defence related engineering tasks, including:
- 3D scans of a warship’s command centre – This enables optimized placement of equipment and cabling. Defence officials will be able to walk through a 3D virtual mock-up of a layout prior to procuring physical equipment, limiting risk associated with rework and design changes.
- Sophisticated modelling of manufacturing facilities – This will improve quality and production speed by enhancing building layout design, material flow and automation.
In addition to the Raytheon Australia CAVE facility in Canberra, a smaller portable version of this capability will allow interaction between Raytheon and its small business suppliers.