C4iSR: Maritime

USN creates 3D virtual dry dock for future Ford carrier work

21 December 2017

Looking to provide cheaper and more efficient maintenance for future Ford-class aircraft carriers, the US Navy (USN) has tapped laser metrology technology to create a virtual dry dock to simulate work on the vessels.

Engineers from the Advanced Data, Prototyping Technologies, and Virtual Environments (ADAPT.VE) Lab at Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) created a 3D point-cloud representation of Dry Dock 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Virginia, USN officials said.

Engineers picked Norfolk Dry Dock 8 because it is one of the few shipyard facilities that can accommodate work on USS Gerald R Ford and the successor Ford-class carriers.

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