Virtalis Technology Helps King Saud University Lead the Way
Since the successful establishment of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at King Saud University, the academic team led by Research Professor Mohammad Abdul Mannan has travelled the world to assimilate the latest technologies.
“As soon as we saw the Virtalis Virtual Reality (VR) suite at the AMRC in Sheffield”, said Professor Mohammad Abdul Mannan, “we could see how much we could learn if we had a facility to match it. VR is the key technology for virtual modelling, product development and optimising assemblies. Since the establishment of our centre of excellence, we are attracting students from Indonesia, Egypt, Pakistan, India, Nigeria and Yeman. Now we can boast advanced visualisation facilities that are on a par with any in Europe, we expect that our influence in the Middle East and Asia will only increase.”
King Saud University, the longest established and most prestigious university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has installed an active, fully tracked, rear projected ActiveWall from Virtalis. As King Saud’s AMRC were long established users of PTC Pro-E, they have decided to use PTC DIVISION Reality to create their VR models, a software package that Virtalis has unrivalled expertise in. King Saud’s AMRC places great emphasis on manufacturing engineering, so the University has also invested in haptics technology, a kind of virtual touch that will be deployed in surgical applications and for assembly of advanced devices.
“Getting started in a new area” said Professor Mannan, “is very daunting. We didn’t so much want a supplier of hardware and software as a partner we can trust. Virtalis’ credible installed base in European universities gave us confidence. We explained our needs and Virtalis came back with a solution. Even with the superb training from James Clarkson and the advice of Virtalis technical guru, Andrew Connell, it’s been a steep learning curve. However, when our students return in October, we expect not only to wow them, but also local businesses who have probably never considered the potential of VR. I do not expect our system to be lying idle. In fact, my colleagues have been most impatient and now, as a result, we have a series of applications to develop from maintenance technology and collaborative design to building safety into industrial practices.”
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