Current situation: Remote work is a new standard – but only in 2D
The pandemic and the current global situation make it unmistakably clear that work must be reassessed. Many companies have made the switch: Remote work is the new standard.
At the same time, meetings and collaboration remain essential. But experts can and should no longer have to travel everywhere for every action and every discussion. In addition, the home office is increasingly becoming the standard and, in many cases, is preferred over going into the office.
Video meetings via Teams & Co. cover many scenarios – but by no means all of them and not always good enough.
The challenge: Virtual collaboration like in real life
The planning and evaluation of rooms, machines, or individual components require spatial thinking. However, not everyone is capable of making perfect estimates from plans or CAD models on a 2D screen.
There is a risk that not everyone has the same understanding of a project, particularly when working in interdisciplinary teams or with new employees.
This spatial aspect also comes up short in a video conference. The result is errors in estimating distances or the placement of individual components in prototypes which become apparent just before production or first during construction. This requires revisions, delays implementation, and, in the worst case, generates high costs.
The solution: Mesh & Azure Remote Rendering enable virtual collaboration on 3D objects
Microsoft Mesh is a mixed reality platform for digital collaboration: Regardless of their physical location, people can meet as 3D avatars in a virtual space and execute meetings, interact, and move around together.
In other words, Microsoft Mesh uses holograms to give users the feeling of being together in the same place during online meetings – even if they are on different continents.
Furthermore, 3D models can be embedded in Microsoft Mesh. These can often vary depending on the level of detail and complexity, which can lead to extremely long loading times. To solve this problem, Microsoft Mesh is linked with the following service: Azure Remote Rendering.
Azure Remote Rendering transfers interactive 3D objects with several hundred million polygons in real-time without noticeable latency – and with a complete degree of detail. Microsoft’s streaming service downloads the 3D objects quickly, clearly, and with pixel accuracy. The greatest advantage: Since the rendering process streams the 3D data from the cloud, users do not need a powerful computer on site. Only a good Internet connection is necessary.
The combination of Azure Remote Rendering and Mesh makes virtual meetings with 3D models available to everyone.
The advantages: Better understanding, fewer errors
With Mesh & Azure Remote Rendering, every employee immediately has a clear understanding of the object. Whether it’s a machine, a system, or any other product, the realistic representation of the 3D model and the joint collaboration solves many ambiguities right away. In addition, users can, e.g., enlarge the 3D representations in real-time, zoom in on details, mark individual components or even exchange them.
Errors, such as incorrectly placed components, immediately become apparent and can be corrected in time – before a five-ton machine has been fully assembled at the customer’s site the wrong way.
Car manufacturers such as Bugatti, have long relied on virtual prototypes, saving up to a year of design time. This allows designers to create cars entirely in 3D without needing to first shape the prototype from clay in the traditional method. This can save up to 80% of the initial costs.
Companies can also apply this process for training and induction: With the 3D component, which stimulates spatial learning, knowledge can be imparted much more efficiently and faster. In surgery, doctors who have trained virtually, achieve up to 300 percent better results. Studies highlight that the experiential learning approach with virtual reality achieves 90 percent better long-term retention compared to traditional methods.
The experts: Augment IT supports companies in the application of future-proof digital solutions
Augment IT is a certified Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner and a leading provider of AR solutions for companies. We will gladly advise you on the use of Microsoft Mesh and Azure Remote Rendering. You can learn more about how we use Azure Remote Rendering in detail and how to create value in this blog post.
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