Virtual Reality training simulations for automated equipment in an industrial environment

Location: Carrington, Newcastle, NSW

Duration: 3-4 months

Keywords: C# scripting language, industrial automation, virtual reality, Microsoft J-Script, robotics

Project Background

Glenvern has been operating since 1998 in Australia, South East Asia and North America, assisting clients plan, verify, implement and sustain effective infrastructure investment and operational improvement activities using specialist technology and systems tools.

The Australian manufacturing industry has faced many challenges over the last decade, with significant closures and loss of productivity resulting from increasing pressure from cheaper imports with much higher volume of turnover and lower operating costs.

This has led Australian manufacturers to look for alternative ways to reduce costs and remain competitive. One of those measures is to automate the manufacturing process and that introduces some unique challenges:

  • How do you prove the benefits of automation?
  • How do you effectively train operators to work within automated environments?

Recipients of high value automation projects are now asking for 3D simulations to demonstrate and prove the ROI, with a new and growing requirement for operator training within the automated environment utilising interactive Virtual Reality capability.

Research to be conducted

Utilising a proprietary and highly unique software technology as a base, the Intern will use the C# scripting skills under the guidance of a Glenvern Supervisor to further develop industrial automation simulations, particularly in a Virtual Reality environment to assist industry decision making and implementation of cost savings.

  • Development and application of bullet-proof interactive virtual training scenarios for real pieces of industrial automation equipment in highly automated factories/warehouses
  • Develop interactive virtual reality walk-through of automated facilities

The intern will have access to

  • specialist software support resources for scripting and simulation setup
  • guidance from industry specialists in the logistics and robotics industries

Disciplines/Skills/Experience required

  • Sound knowledge of the C# scripting language is essential as utilised within the software
  • Ability to efficiently apply that language when developing functions within the software
  • Ability to trouble shoot and identify scripting errors independently
  • Ability to learn an internal custom software language called “QuickLogic” similar in function to MIT Script and is used to manipulate basic parameters of a simulation/animation
  • Knowledge of Microsoft J-Script language is highly beneficial, but not essential
  • Knowledge of 2D and 3D CAD highly regarded
  • Interest in Industrial Automation including robotics, conveying and warehousing highly regarded.

Expected outcomes

Development and application of simulation and virtual reality capabilities on real life projects.

Assist industry to utilise the latest technologies to maintain a competitive edge on imported products and services. Creation of functioning and interactive VR based simulation models.

Demonstrate to industry how the latest technology can be applied.

Additional details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 50% of their time on-site with the industry partner. The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the AMSI Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a PhD or Masters student currently enrolled at an Australian university
  • PhD or Masters by Research candidature must be confirmed.
  • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application via the standard form available on the AMSI Intern website during the application process.
  • Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university.
Applications Close

27 August 2017

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