U.S. Navy engineers and scientists have built a set of 3D scanners and simulation tools designed to help sailors accelerate operational maneuvers.
The Naval Sea Systems Command Surface Warfare Centers in Panama City, Florida, and Philadelphia have collaborated on a tool meant to scan the interior of ships in order to detect if equipment or vehicles can be stowed, the Navy said Wednesday.
Project Lead Tyson Kackley said the team began work in 2015 to support the Marine Corps Systems Command, which led the “Framework for Assessing Cost and Technology Rapid Technology Insertion” project.
Kackley added that the project used computer-aided design models and science, math and engineering concepts “to determine if the vehicle could fit properly inside the ship to allow ingress and egress, before actually attempting to insert the vehicle into the ship.”
The Navy personnel worked to identify the project requirements through fleet operator focus groups and utilized LIDAR scanning technology alongside CAD, the Navy said.
According to the service branch, the use of simulation and modeling in the project as part of the FACT model also works to support decision-making and determine feasibility.
The NAVSEA Ship Design office, SIAT Transportability and Naval Integration office and other naval offices also contributed in the project.