AR for Optimization 

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Augmented Reality (AR) provides a digital information layer unto the actual workspace, adding information about workflow, tasks and a knowledge bank that empowers the worker to optimize tasks in a simple and time-saving manner.

Our Process

It is important to note that we do not expect our customers to have a complete overview of the exact AR optimization that they would like. Therefore, we are interested in being a part of the initial thoughts on your challenges, and how you envision AR to optimize your workplace and tasks.

After establishing the foundation for the AR optimization tasks, we work to create a prototype that encompasses the needs of the worker, considering environment, and how to implement the most precise virtual layer in a way that best empowers the worker to complete otherwise time-consuming, arduous and mundane tasks. Optimization carries many meanings, and we use this phase to concisely establish the parameters of said optimization i.e. is the work predominantly workflow related, inspection points, warehouse navigation etc.

After the prototype is ready, it needs to be tested in the actual environment, in order to identify possible challenges and add experience-based knowledge to the virtual layer. We also need to consider safety for the worker and adjust the application to these needs.

Our data consultant and UX designers assist in mapping the data and additions found in the testing, allowing our programmers to establish a precise informational layer that immediately benefits the worker. The data work coupled with the feedback from the workplace, form the basis for the finished product, which allow us to enrich the virtual layer. We also use this phase to consider how the data should be used afterwards, whether live-reporting is best, or if a local stored data solution is of more benefit. The reporting of the AR application is a very useful tool, which minimizes time consumption on reporting, and allows the worker to focus on the actual tasks.

After finishing a product, we will work with improving and implementing changes as experiences are added from the real world.

We work with all types of hardware and software and are not limited in this capacity. We utilize whatever provides the best solution for our customer.

How Does This Benefit You?

Our work with Maersk Drilling on optimizing maintenance on their oil rigs was all about reducing the time spent on mundane tasks, optimizing the workflow of the workers and making reporting more automatic, thereby freeing up time and hands for actual maintenance and other tasks on the busy rig.

Intelligent use of technology can increase efficiency and safety on our rigs, e.g. when the HoloLens glasses assist the worker in remembering to check every inspection point. At the same time, every single task becomes less time-consuming, because we can completely eliminate the need for paperwork, and can instead mark a point as safe by blinking with the eye, quite literally. When we are at open sea and need to complete the same inspections over and over again, the glasses assist us in keeping focus, predict risks and react immediately. And this is just one specific use of a technology that seems very promising.” [translation]
— Marika Reis, Head of Innovation at Maersk Drilling

We found that workers had a very positive attitude towards this new technology, as they could see how it would benefit their workflow and allow them to use their time and energy on the tasks that needed it, instead of spending their time reporting findings in a spreadsheet.