AVATAR Partners has been awarded a contract to provide its Mixed and Augmented Reality (XR, AR) for Nondestructive Evaluation (MARNE) solution for the U.S. Air Force.

Responsible for employing noninvasive methods to Inspect the insides of metal objects, US Air Force Nondestructive Inspection specialists identify possible defects in systems and equipment before dangerous problems arise. Utilizing techniques from x-rays to ultrasound, these experts find the smallest imperfections and take corrective measures needed to keep equipment working safely.

The custom MARNE solution from AVATAR Partners will be used by Air Force inspectors to access and interact with NDE instrumentation and sensor information. With this capability, they will be able to perform electromagnetic procedures on an inspection device designed to detect tiny defects in scanning equipment.

MARNE focuses on critical, difficult and infrequent inspection methods and techniques in order to reduce operational errors and time to inspect. In addition, it provides real-time guidance for inspection by delivering step-by-step guidance as well as integrated real-time data display as a single solution for sensor and technical data.

MARNE incorporates both a virtual environment (open space) and as an AR overlay on the physical equipment itself (real environment). It also integrates with sensor data from the device to Hololens II and Trimble XR10 headsets.