Rolls-Royce Deutschland Use Virtalis’ Technology For Large Scale VR Experience

Rolls-Royce Deutschland and Virtalis VR have teamed up to build a giant immersive virtual reality (VR) experience that allows users to view highly detailed CAD models of the aero engine right down to each individual screw all at a continues frame rate. This is no easy feat, as each model is several gigabytes in size and contains around 20,000 different components but thanks to Virtalis VR’s Siemens TeamCenter PLM system, the experience is made possible.

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“With such complicated and detailed models, we need to not just visualise in 3D, but also enable intuitive interaction (such as dynamic sections). To achieve this, we installed a bespoke, 8.5-metre wide Virtalis ActiveCube display system, comprising three walls, not like a traditional CAVE, but splayed at 130o and a floor. This more open configuration was designed to give better communication between all VR-session attendees. We also purchased some development licences of Virtalis’ Visionary Render software. Ultimately, we expect to playback HPC-based simulation, such as CFD or FEM, in real-time in VR.” explains Prof. Dr Marius Swoboda, Head of Physical, Computational and Design Sciences at Rolls-Royce.

Virtalis VR designed the ActiveCube to make the best use of the space available to them in Rolls-Royce Deutschland’s infrastructure located in Blankenfelde, just outside of Berlin. Since the facility was commissioned, it has attracted not only internal employees but also external visitors, such as politicians, suppliers, customers and join project stakeholders.

Stephan Rogge, Rolls-Royce Deutschland’s VR Operator/Development Engineer, commented on the project saying: “We are primarily using Visionary Render and our ActiveCube to test new approaches to design and manufacture. Owing to the open architecture of our VR-System, we can visualise our digital product definition, provide interdisciplinary review sessions and check everything fits together as it should. We are also collaborating with academic partners, like BTU Cottbus, to develop new ideas to take this technology forward.”

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It was after reviewing the VR visualisation software market that Rolls-Royce Deutschland, like their UK based counterparts, chose Virtalis’ Visionary Render thanks to its capabilities of loading an entire engine model without any trouble, handling the complex geometry and is a flexible development platform. “I like the way we can enrich our engine models with interactivity via the addition of LUA script”, said Rogge. “Our system in conjunction with Visionary Render is so intuitive to use, people can be up and running in just under five minutes from stand-by to a fully loaded engine. BTU Cottbus is also presenting us with even more opportunities, so that we expect to be able to merge the simulation results with our CAD geometry in real-time.”

The resulting VR experience is one that allows users to get up close with a Rolls-Royce aero engine in supreme detail while visiting the site. By leveraging the technology of Virtalis VR, Rolls-Royce have ensured a highly detailed, immersive product without having to cut back on performance, offering the best user experience. For more on Rolls-Royce and Virtalis VR in the future, keep reading VRFocus.

Virtalis Offering A Free HTC Vive With New Promotion

Virtalis are probably best known for providing high-end virtual reality (VR) hardware and software to colleges and universities such as the University of Sheffield and Beuth University in Berlin. The company also offers powerful VR modelling tools to businesses, and with their latest promotion, are offering a free HTC Vive with a purchase of its software.

The new offer concerns Virtalis’ Visionary Render Development software, a VR software suite designed for engineers and designers. The Visionary Render Development software can read a large range of CAD format files to quickly load data for viewing and adjustment in VR. When brought into VR, 3D models can be animated, manipulated, sectioned off or even scanned with an x-ray like internal view.

Customers who take advantage of the ‘Back to Work & Get Started With VR’ promotion will be able to get a free HTC Vive Business Edition with every purchase of a licence for Visionary Render Development. HTC Vive Business Edition is an upgraded version of the consumer HTC Vive, which offers a longer cable, improved set-up and other key advantages geared towards business and enterprise use.

The promotion will be available until the end of November, 2017.

Virtalis are also offering full VR workstations-set-ups along with HTC Vive with mounting tripods for tracking cameras. Further information can be found on the Virtalis website.

VRFocus will continue to report on new offers and discounts for VR hardware and software.

Virtalis VR Used to Design Ships of the Future

Virtual reality (VR) has seen increasing use in enterprise and business sectors, from training to stock control. VR hardware company Virtalis have announced that they are providing its ActiveMove CVR system to Tritec Marine, a naval architecture firm.

Tritec Marine will be using the Virtalis hardware to develop new concepts for ship design, using VR technology along with modern innovations in materials and engineering to solve existing problems with maritime transportation.

“We have to work on overturning preconceived ideas,” said Scott, “as our design concepts have been developed from first principles, not from what is there already. We realised that VR isn’t just for gaming and consumer sales and that for us the value will lie in being able to walk disparate stakeholders through our concepts. I experienced CyberAnatomy and thought that I very quickly understood more about the human anatomy than I ever could have assimilated from books. Then we discovered that Virtalis already operated in this sector and that their Visionary Render software can take our CAD data and swiftly render it into virtual 3D ships.”

The ActiveMove CVR VR system offers an all-in-one solution for businesses, with a powerful VR-ready Lenovo laptop integrated into the case to offer a VR system to businesses that is portable and can be quickly set up for demonstrations.

“Since we have ventured into the virtual world”, commented Scott, “we have had a veritable tsunami of ideas about how we can use the technology, from virtual prototyping before the build to digital twinning for maintenance. It is apparent that VR technology makes cost and time savings from day one, because the snagging is done in the virtual world, not in the real world. So far, we have only shown our models via CVR and Visionary Render to internal stakeholders, but they have been very impressed and it is clear that VR helps us get our message across to different audiences from different backgrounds.”

VRFocus will continue to report on new innovations in the VR sector.

Virtalis Acquired by ALPINA Partners

Virtual reality (VR) company Virtalis are probably best known for providing high-quality VR hardware and software to Universities such as University of Sheffield and Beuth University in Berlin. Now the firm has been acquired by Alpina Partners, an independent investment firm.

The founders of Virtalis, David Cockburn-Price and Andrew Connell will be staying on with the company as directors. Also on the board of directors will be Steve Carpenter and Glyn Read, with Christian von Stengel also joining them.

Dr Florian Strehle, a partner at ALPINA, commented on the latest addition to the investment firm’s portfolio: “We are excited to be supporting the next phase of Virtalis’ worldwide growth strategy. Virtalis has launched innovative software like Visionary Render, VR4CAD and GeoVisionary in recent years, to work with its well-known ActiveWorks VR display systems, and this is where we see the growth potential. We will work with the Virtalis management team to further develop the Company as a leading player in the global enterprise VR software market by leveraging our network and expertise.”

Andrew Connell, Technical Director, said: “My entire career has been spent nurturing Virtalis and its predecessor entities as the fledgling field of VR has moved from research demonstrator programmes within Universities to the compelling real-world, commercial toolkit it is today. Back in the 90s, many commentators said VR was dead – it has been gratifying to prove them wrong as Virtalis has brought VR solutions to industries as diverse as Engineering, Security, Academia, Asset Management and GeoScience. With the help of ALPINA, we aim to rapidly develop our technology to reach a larger global user base.”

Managing Director David Cockburn-Price added: “ALPINA is an experienced growth investor which will help us to ensure the sustainable development of Virtalis, especially with reference to our direct and indirect sales channels. We will become part of a larger group of innovative software businesses within ALPINA’s investment portfolio, exploiting synergies on many different levels.”

VRFocus will continue to bring you news on developments within the VR industry.

Virtalis Forms Strategic Partnership with EAMS Group Bringing VR to Asset and Safety Management

Virtual reality (VR) company Virtalis has announced a new strategic partnership with EAMS Group, a firm specialising in asset and safety management, to incorporate VR into its business.

Using Virtalis’ expertise in both hardware and software, EAMS Group will use the Virtalis Visionary Render software as a means to visualise and improve performance. The software is used by engineers all over the world to transform CAD data into a virtual environment, as such it’ll help EAMS Group enable the Digital Enterprise – the real-time updating of asset performance and condition all visualised in VR.


Andrew Evans, EAMS Group CEO, explained: “With two thirds of CEOs putting digital transformation at the centre of their corporate strategy, the partnering of EAMS Group and Virtalis enables the Digital Enterprise to become a reality.  The real time updating of the assets performance and condition being visualised in a virtual environment for the entire enterprise will provide massive benefits for the organisation and its customers.  This will further enable a journey to world class performance and digital asset management across the entire asset lifecycle”.

“The Digital Enterprise has been the holy grail for some time and now, thanks to advances in both Asset Management and VR, we can create a seamless, real world composite that allows visualisation to be used in a different way.  Our virtual models can be so accurate in reflecting the real world that change can be continually assimilated and even inspections can become virtual.  We are confident that by joining these technologies together we will radically drive down costs, increase reliability and improve training,” added Dave Francis, Virtalis’ head of client delivery.

Recent Virtalis include Berlin’s Beuth University as well as Sweden’s Luleå University of Technology and Sheffield University.

VRFocus will continue its coverage of Virtalis, reporting back with the latest announcements.

Beuth University Upgrades VR Technology with Virtalis

Virtual reality (VR) is becoming increasingly important in the modern world, with advancements that could potentially change the way we interact with technology – and one another – happening all the time. Not content with getting left behind in this VR landscape, Berlin’s Beuth University has secured the funds for brand new Virtalis VR technology. Beuth University is of course not the first to adopt the Virtalis technology, which is quickly sweeping educational institutions around the world by storm, like Sweden’s Luleå University of Technology and Sheffield University.

Beuth University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering had to submit a competitive bid to the university to secure the funds, and was one of four projects selected.

Professor Joachim Villwock want to help students move into the VR space; “VR for teaching was our first ambition.”

Villwock continues; “I spotted that VR is first and foremost a communication tool. One of the main reasons we chose Virtalis was its easy-to-use VR software which will allow students to take CAD models from SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD or Inventor and create their own VR models.”

In total Beuth University has installed a Virtalis ActiveCube display system, two ActiveDesks with z-spaces and Virtalis’ Visionary Render VR software suite.

The VR technology isn’t just for the Engineering department though, as Mathematics, Informatics and Life Sciences departments are looking to develop their own use-cases.

Pierre Sabrowski is a postgraduate student within the Engineering department who wants to use the technology so fascinating demonstrations and experiments; “We are simulating highly fractal water flow within complex geometries.

“Using Computational Fluid Dynamics, we are looking at the sedimentation of waste water, as well as the fluid dynamics within washing machines. The flow results can sometimes be hard to understand, since the vital free surface of the flow can evolve complicated three-dimensional shapes. VR allows the viewer to understand and interpret those complex fractal flow phenomena quicker”.

Virtalis’ software and hardware is award winning, and shows no signs of stopping now.

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Virtalis’ CAD to VR Software Scoops Best AR/VR Award At Chinese Trade Fair

Virtual reality (VR) firm Virtalis, who specialise in the application of VR and associated technologies for parctical business purposes such as research and design and has previously teamed with companies such as Rolls-Royce, AMRC, the British Geological Survey as well as other firms within the military and power sectors, has scooped a new award.

Virtalis, who were demonstrating their VR4CAD VR design tool, which is able to convert CAD models into fully realised 3D VR representations and allows for manipulation of the scene, scooped a prize from the organisers for best VR/AR technology on show at the World Smartphone and Mobile Terminal Industry Conference. Part of the annual state-sponsored China Processing Trade Products Fair, which celebrates innovation in technology at home and abroad.

“We are thrilled by this recognition for VR4CAD and how it is transforming the VR market. The awarding committee chose VR4CAD after evaluating its key features and benefits.” Explained David Xie, the representative of Virtralis’ partner Futureality -one of the key players behind the Chinese VR Alliance which VRFocus has previously reported on.

You can find out more about the work of Virtalis on their website. For more stories about China’s growing role in VR check out these stories and features.

Lenovo Launch Entry-Level VR Ready Workstation

As virtual reality (VR) becomes increasingly ubiquitous across various industries, many companies are investing in PC workstations that are capable of handing the load of VR applications. To make things simpler for those in charge of buying IT kit, Lenovo has put together an ‘entry-level’ VR ready workstation.

Lenovo’s ThinkStation P320 is designed to support 3D CAD modelling and VR. It comes in a full-size ATX tower case and with a choice of processors, from lower-end Intel i3 through to top-of-the-line i7-7700k, which can deliver speeds of up to a blistering 4.5GHz.

For users focused on VR, the choice pick for graphics cards is the Nvidia Quadro P4000 (8GB). For those concentrating on 3D modelling, an alternative in the form of the Nvidia Quadro P2000 is offered.

One company has already had experience with the new workstation. Virtalis specialises in VR software and are the creators of the VR4CAD VR design tool. Steve Carpenter, Sales Director at Virtalis had this to say: “The ThinkStation P320’s ProVR certification, along with its performance credentials, makes it a perfect match for the Virtalis VR4CAD software. It delivers a superb balance of 3D CAD and VR performance without breaking the bank. It’s also perfect for small-to medium-sized companies looking to enhance their engineering workflow by taking their first steps onto the VR ladder.”

The ThinkStation P320 can take up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM and up to four storage devices. The package from Lenovo includes two 2.5” SSD hard drives and two 3.5” standard SATA drives for a total storage of 9TB.

The tower case itself is 175.3 (w) x 426 (d) x 376mm (h) in size and weighs in at 25 litres.

Further details, including a full specification, are available on the official Lenovo website.

VRFocus will continue to bring you news on VR-ready hardware as it becomes available.