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Right Hemisphere technology helps to design and manufacture Boeing 787 Dreamliner

November 15, 2011

Exciting news from one of Right Hemispehre’s largest customers. Last Saturday morning Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner arrived here in Auckland – the first time the new aircraft landed south of the equator. That is particularly exciting from our perspective given that Right Hemisphere’s technology has helped to design and manufacture the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Since Right Hemisphere was founded here in New Zealand, leading local newspaper, The NZ Herald,  took the opportunity to published an article on the contribution of Right Hemisphere in developing the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defence, space and security systems. They are also a top US exporter with substantial customers in 150 countries.  And of course everyone involved with Right Hemisphere is very proud of the fact that the technology is contributing to Boeing’s successes.

Boeing and Right Hemisphere have been working together for a number of years now. Boeing has been one of the first companies to realize and understand the value of visual communication and has been a leader in implementing visualization technology in their manufacturing processes for years.  Right Hemisphere, as a leader in visual product communication and collaboration solutions, has been an obvious choice of partner for Boeing to further develop and improve their visualization capabilities.

For the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing used sophisticated visualisation technology developed by Right Hemisphere, to help with Boeing’s vision of full 3D communication and documentation. In the past Boeing has been designing their aircrafts in 3D but used 2D documents communicate information to suppliers, airlines, manufacturers and other departments.

“Design and engineering people communicated in 3D but everyone else around project communicated in 2D”, explains  Mark Thomas, Right Hemisphere’s founder, president and chief technology officer. “Boeing wanted to extend the benefits of 3D communication to future projects to everyone who touched the project inside and outside the company rather than resort to a stack of 2D documents.”

Right Hemisphere’s software enabled Boeing to  visually display engineering and manufacturing data in a light weight 3D PDF format for use by a variety of technical and non-technical people. These 3D PDFs are used on the shop floor for manufacturing support, by suppliers tendering for manufacturing and maintenance contracts and by airlines to get detailed information on the new aircraft.

These visual 3D information allow those involved in the 787 project to easily transfer information between each other. This visual process facilitates communication and collaboration throughout the manufacturing value chain.

“[A user would see] a three-dimensional model of, say, a piece of landing gear or a portion of the wing and it would have all the manufacturing information there – the sort of information that is useful on the manufacturing shop floor,” says Mark Thomas,  and adds: “We believe the success of this implementation will lead to more business in other programmes and projects [with Boeing].”

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