Virtual Reality and light detection technologies will change US Navy training. Navy engineers used 3D imaging capabilities of LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology to measure designated spaces on board several US Navy ships down to the exact millimeter. Then, virtual reality and virtual environment software processed the hundreds of gigabytes worth of scanned data into a less than one hundred gigabyte file of a virtual reality model of the scanned areas.
A Secretary of the Navy 2016 Innovation Award was presented to a 3D scanning team from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) recently for their use of LIDAR technology to make virtual reality scans a tool for future onboard technological development and sailor training. “LIDAR technology requires only a small team of two to three people who know how to operate the equipment and can create an accurate virtual 3D representation of a ship’s installation compartment,” Lt. Jessica Fuller, a member of the SPAWAR 3D scanning team. Read more