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Willbö, a Vigo-based engineering firm that improves naval and industrial projects with 3D holograms

A Nordic shipyard and the Suardiaz group are already using this technology in their projects.

In the last decade, the shipbuilding industry has experienced different stages of technological acceleration and deceleration. In positive stages, leading auxiliary companies have savoured the opportunity to present to large industries innovative systems and applications, acting as accelerators of the transformation that the sector had been developing. One example is in Vigo. The young engineering company Willbö has developed an application aimed at visualising, through 3D holograms, marine and industrial projects during their design and construction phases. Willbö has already signed contracts with major international partners and will be showing their work at Navalia from 24 May.

The Vigo-based company's application is called Holö. It makes it possible to explore a ship from its initial block construction stages, or even from its 3D Model, as well as to supervise certain industrial systems. The HoloLens 2 glasses, a pair of Mixed Reality glasses developed by Microsoft and used as a support to visualise the industrial asset, maximise the potential of mixed reality. Basically, Willbö's system allows interacting with the digital twin in a natural way.

"Using the glasses during the construction of an asset, such as a ship, allows to secure its design and to correct or anticipate possible mistakes," explains Julián Fontela, the company's business development manager. He adds that this is a competitive advantage that reduces costs and increases process efficiency by preventing errors on the drawing board or in the production phase.

The Vigo-based company's application is already stirring up the shipyard and shipowner market. Suardiaz Group, dedicated to multimodal transport and global logistics, has incorporated the Holö tool to supervise the retrofitting of the ballast water treatment systems on their roll-on/roll-off ships, a process of significant impact in the marine sector due to the fact that it could contain harmful organisms that pollute the marine environment.

Nordic renowned builder of high-class passenger ships.
The Galician company founded in 2017 has signed another agreement with a leading Nordic shipyard that is building luxury cruise ships that will sail around the Polar Circle. They will use the system to track the shipbuilding process. The Technical Office and the production team as well as the sub-contractors involved in the works will be able to observe the the virtual twin along with the unit under construction.

Sourde: La Voz de Galicia

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