NORFOLK NAVAL SHIPYARD, Portsmouth, Va. –
Think of your favorite science fiction films – the main character pulling up entire holograms of schematics, and 3D interactive figures flickering to life. Details ready in the palm of their hand; technology flourishing in its futuristic setting. We might not be quite at that point at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), but with efforts of Process Improvement and Innovation (PI&I), America’s shipyard is leading a corporate charge forward in bringing 3D maintenance instructions to the mechanics virtually via an online application.
The NNSY Technology and Innovation (T&I) Lab first began researching the BILT software and application in 2020. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) noted that the United States Air Force was already working on similar avenues, and it could prove a worthy investment for the Navy as well.