Scots ‘augmented reality’ pioneers combine to develop hi-tech asset inspection kit for oil and gas sector

A technician demonstrates an 'augmented reality' asset inspection tool
A technician demonstrates an ‘augmented reality’ asset inspection tool

Aberdeen-based asset-inspection technology specialist Return To Scene Ltd has formed a working relationship with Dundee-based tech start-up Mozenix to develop a mobile ‘augmented reality’ tool to support the digitisation and automation of oil and gas. 

Augmented reality systems overlay digital data and 3D objects with ‘real world’ images using smartphones, tablets, headsets or specialist glasses, allowing the user to interact with a three dimensional, technical world –  unlike virtual reality which is completely immersive.

Martin MacRae, head of product development at Return To Scene, explained: “Offshore oil and gas assets are complex structures with a constant flow of actions being undertaken by international teams.

“The systems which enable these actions are underpinned by asset registers which are represented by physical tags attached to equipment. The location of these tags, and the ability to visualise data in a certain way, is crucially important.

“This is where augmented-reality (AR) technology, and specifically Mozenix unique software delivery capability can solve a myriad of challenges.”

Michael Romilly, chief executive of Mozenix, added: “What we’re seeing with new mobile AR apps today, is very similar to what happened over a decade ago when Apple launched the first iPhone.

“AR technology leverages untapped value by using the smartphone’s camera to create new immersive experiences and solve complex process efficiency challenges.”

1 Feb 2018

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