Using AR as a tool for learning about Arctic ice-conditions

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We know that ships that are going to travel in the Arctic need to learn more about the ice conditions there. The Polar Code is a new measure based on this challenge. The Polar Code has rules on the design and construction of ships, equipment, operational conditions, environmental protection and training. (https://www.sjofartsdir.no/aktuelt/nyheter/fra-nyttar-gjelder-de-nye-reglene-for-skipsfart-i-polare-farvann/) From January this year, all ships wishing to travel through the Arctic have to pass this training course on ice and navigation.

This course requires participants to complete a theoretical part and a practical part in the simulator. But is this enough? When I interviewed a sailor who is also working on teaching sailors in a simulator, he told that sailors often get quite a surprise when they go out on a real ship in real environments. One reason for this is because the simulators do not represent the actual visualisation of ice-filled waters. First of all, today’s simulators do not have enough process-capacity to create realistic ice environments, and secondly, it is extremely difficult to visualise all the different ice types in a realistic manner.

Therefore, I think there is a need for ships to learn about ice conditions in the Arctic, when they are actually in the Arctic. I want to make a concept of how ships can use augmented reality as a tool to learn about Arctic ice-conditions. Augmented reality opens up the possibility of adding a filter of information to the the environment. Figure 1 shows a sketch of a sailor looking on the icetype multi-year ice. By using the AR glasses, he gets information about what ice type he is looking at. I wish to build on this concept this semester.

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