Interactive Viewer provides 360-degree experience of ship design

C-Job Naval Architects has launched the Interactive Viewer. In addition to allowing documents such as 2D arrangement drawings, technical specifications, and material lists to be accessed at any time, the viewer also holds a complete 3D model of the vessel providing 360-degree access.

The Interactive Viewer was developed in-house. According to C-Job, it can be a one stop shop that can incorporate anything a client needs into one easily accessible tool. C-Job can ensure the full scope of deliverables are hosted in the Viewer.

‘During development, it can be difficult to understand how the design will translate into a physical ship,’ says Geoffrey Smits, Discipline Coordinator. ‘The Interactive Viewer allows our clients to see their design come to life. Actually, it goes beyond. It gives them the opportunity to experience their design as if they walk across the deck or are inspecting the engine room.’

The Interactive Viewer holds a complete 3D model of the proposed vessel and will allow any user to rotate the model across one or several axes providing 360-degree access to the design. Additionally, C-Job can include a host of creative layout options. Details and additional features specific to the design are accessible for the user via buttons.

3D engineering

Creating a 360-degree experience starts with 3D engineering. C-Job believes designing a vessel in 3D has many advantages. It allows every member of the team to work with the same vision of the final design, rather than allowing individual interpretation when limited to 2D. Therefore, all C-Job design and engineering content is available in 3D geometries. By connecting the different processes, the company is able to combine the information into a complete 3D interior and exterior model suitable for all encompassing visualisation purposes.

Together with specialised partners, it is also possible to offer more complex services such as advanced computer graphics, 3D printing, and miniature modelling.

Interior visualisations and animations of equipment

Part of the Interactive Viewer can be visualisations of the ship’s interior, ranging from technical areas to accommodations. Smits explains: ‘We can do anything from static renders to animations or upgrade the visual experience of the design created by the Interior Design & Engineering discipline to 360-degree interior panoramas and fly through animations. ‘The possibilities are endless, and they can help clients validate and approve important ergonomic aspects in the layout. Supporting them in making the optimum decision.’

The Interactive Viewer is not limited to just the aesthetics and interior of the design. It can also include interactive animations of equipment. This particular feature enables clients to partially validate the function of equipment at an early stage of the design. ‘With certain projects, it can be beneficial to be able to show the user how ship equipment and mission equipment in the design work. This is why we offer the possibility to give the user control to experience this for themselves,’ Smits concludes.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.