3D Visualization and Training

The immersion of 3D animations and training simulations into the business world has introduced new capabilities and techniques vital to many tech-forward companies.

We are experts in using the following 3D Technologies:

  • Unreal Gamification
  • 3D Traffic Simulation
  • 3D Training Simulation
  • Unity 3D Engine
  • DirectX
  • OpenGL
  • UDK
  • Maya
  • 3D Studio Max
  • Rhino 3D
  • Blender

Training Simulation

AtLink is leveraging the new and rapidly advancing 3D technologies to help safely, and inexpensively train operators of oil rigs, chemical plants and those that work in other remote, demanding environments. We are able to replicate very high fidelity emulations of operational scenarios that could previously only be achieved by riskier and more expensive on the job training.

Few other visual mediums can match the power that 3D simulations have to offer: they supply a large amount of information in a short period of time, and are engaging and enjoyable. Simulation is particularly beneficial in risky, hands-on industries like oil and gas and chemical processing.

3D training combines courseware, testing, and simulation into a unique learning system. At AtLink, we develop our 3D models to be as realistic as possible: we use the exact same environment, equipment, and practices that are used in the workplace that we’re modeling. It’s as close as the user will get to the real scenario.

Some benefits of 3D training include:
  • Largely reduced costs
  • Fewer logistical issues
  • No traveling to training locations
  • Safe and effective
  • Model and documentation regeneration is easy
  • Controlled distribution and access

There are even some aspects of 3D training that are superior to live training:
  • 3D training can demonstrate unsafe situations that are too dangerous to show in real life
  • Trainees work at their own pace and can review drills until they understand them

Forensic Simulation

Forensic animation is the use of 3D visual simulation within a legal context to visualize a key event in an accident or mishap. The two predominant types of forensic animation include descriptive animation, which is an illustration of an expert’s testimony, and scientific forensic animation, which takes the environment and physics heavily into account. These models are often used to exemplify dynamic events that can’t be accurately depicted any other way. The final product is both unique and useful, and provides a different angle for examining the situation.

AtLink has a team of engineers and graphic artists that specialize in 3D animation and simulation production. Our team utilizes advanced technologies such as DirectX and OpenGL, as well as art programs like Maya and 3D Studio Max to create affordable and comprehensive animations. AtLink’s simulations systematically reconstruct pertinent information.

AtLink engineers have simulated both industrial accidents and crime scenes to aid in legal matters. These animations often aid in hastening productive settlements.

The video below is a forensic animation of a chemical plant accident, which resulted in one of the largest chemical plant settlements in the state of Texas.

3D Visualizations

Today, 3D visualizations are used in a variety of fields. From oil and gas to graphics and advertising, 3D Visualizations offers a gripping environment for envisioning a variety of objects and events. 3D Visualizations also provides a perfect visual symmetry to real life that few other illustration techniques can offer.

AtLink is focused on constructing highly realistic and accurate models to use in multiple environments. Our models are simulator-friendly and can be utilized in a variety of applications both static and real-time.

Animation 	& Gamification

Animation & Gamification

Use of animation and game technology is becoming a true ‘game changer’ in helping companies in all industries to become more competitive, profitable, efficient, and visible.

AtLink is very active in the creation and application of gamification strategies and technologies in our customer’s core business operations.

Gamification can:
  • Make your business more competitive: When Verizon added leaderboards and badges to their site, they reported 30% longer customer visits, as well as 15% more page views.
  • Increase profits: Starbuck’s mobile reward app has expanded the company’s repeat customers and business.
  • Improve efficiency: When Kaplan University introduced gamification elements like challenges and badges in their online classrooms, they noticed higher student grades and a decreased numbers of students failing.
  • Expand visibility: Maersk’s oil exploration video game has generated a large amount of interest both in Maersk’s role in oil and the company as a whole.

Gamification is the practice of using computer game elements in non-game situations. It is a key ingredient that makes ordinary business exciting: it takes the passive behavior out of customers and replaces it with an active and engaging mindset.

Tom Chatfield’s TED talk on 7 ways games reward the brain deals with many aspects of gamification. Chatfield claims that games have the power “to motivate, to compel us, to transfix us, like nothing else we’ve ever invented.” He states that games predominantly stir two important emotions:

  • Ambition
  • Fun

Basic characteristics of gamification include:

  • Recognizable clues for the user’s next action
  • Clear instant feedback
  • Markers for rank and performance
  • Streamlined paths to further achievement

Organizations that apply these techniques have a better chance of increasing their ROI, improving efficiency and maintaining customer loyalty.
AtLink developers have been actively involved in animation and gamification in a variety of industries, such as civil engineering, oil and gas, legal, aerospace, education, Telco, and advertising. Contact us today to learn how gamification can be applied in your business.

Augmented Reality

There will be over one billion people consuming augmented reality by the end of this decade. All of us will be involved, and many of us will use it for work.”
-Tomi Ahonen, TED: Augmented Reality – the 8th Mass Medium

AtLink has built and deployed Augmented Reality applications for both consumer and medical fields.  We have been advancing our Augmented Reality tool – AtSpot – to also work in industrial settings where the future of AR applications is immense.

Augmented reality (AR) is a revolutionary medium designed to combine reality with digital data and information. It has been identified as the ‘eighth mass medium’ of our world: it is a strong visual communication tool that has already transformed our media today.

AR blends real video and images with additional information or graphics; blurring the line between reality and computer-generated elements. This process is more user-immersive than virtual reality because AR offers instant feedback.

AR can be used with an unlimited number of devices and applications. AtLink is a major provider of AR software for desktop computers, tablets, and mobile devices.

AtLink has experience in deploying AR for the industrial, advertising, and medical industries. We are predominantly a supplier of robust industrial software for AR purposes and more. We offer flexibility and our software contains effective, context-accurate content.

AR is not a one size fits all product: AtLink will tailor your AR program directly to your needs to generate an extremely unique AR creation. Some benefits of our AR products include:
  • Measureable results
  • Significant ROI
  • Strong employee and consumer engagement

AR is also extremely valuable in the advertising industry: analyst Juniper Research predicts that AR advertising will become a $1.5 billion industry by 2015. This is a vast jump from the $2 million industry AR advertising boasted in 2010. AR’s immersive capabilities can transform ordinary ads into something exceptional.

AtLink is responsible for developing D-App, a mobile store which specializes in providing location specific advertising and deals through AR. Users can view deals closest to them through a map or AR view and purchase vouchers instantly.

Document Management Document Management

AtLink has built document control and management solutions for some of the most demanding and regulated environments in the aerospace, oil and gas, and medical fields. 

AtLink’s document management systems provide streamlined solutions to many detail-intensive documentation and business processes. Document management automation takes an immense and tedious workload off your company’s shoulders so you can concentrate on higher level operations.

Document management systems will bolster your company’s:

  • Established documentation style and storage
  • Business process management
  • Teamwork
  • Compliance with regulatory standards
  • Mobile and tablet content management

Primarily, document management systems maintain the circulation and storage of documents within your organization. They record how documents are:
  • Created
  • Reviewed
  • Published
  • Stored
  • Disposed

Document management is less ‘management’ by one sole proprietor and more of an encompassment of every employee’s contribution. The software style can be either loose or flexible, depending on your organization’s needs. While some businesses prefer strict structure and design, others prefer looser framework. A document management system typically:
  • Specifies what kind of content and documents should be produced
  • Provides a template for each type of document
  • Gives metadata for each type of document
  • Pinpoints the correct location to store documents at varying stages in their development
  • Controls who can access the document at each stage in the document’s development

Two essential things a successful document management system needs to succeed are a provider who listens to your business’s needs and the employees’ willingness to use the system.

 Business Process Management Business Process Management

Few innovations have overhauled how businesses operate more than Business Process Management (BPM). BPM thinks for your company to save your employees a vast amount of time and effort.  AtLink’s BPM solutions will handle your company’s workflow to help ensure you are always operating in a ‘best practices & continuously process improving’ manner.   This will allow you to spend more time on the big picture.

BPM focuses on improving business performance by managing and optimizing a company’s processes. It enables
organizations to be:
  • More efficient
  • More effective
  • More capable of change

BPM isn’t just an extra piece of software: it’s a responsibility. Companies that instill Continual Improvement Processes recruit BPM software into their company to further their process automation. BPM makes improving processes incredibly easy.

BPM is vital for heavily regulated processes that require comprehensive documentation. Some prime candidates for BPM include projects that have:
  • High labor costs
  • Inconsistent work quality
  • Inaccurate forecasting of work completion
  • Erratic status reports
  • Employee and customer satisfaction issues

Since a business’s processes can radically impact their overall costs and revenue generation, BPM is an extremely important practice. It sees processes as strategic assets that should be prioritized, managed, and improved upon. AtLink has implemented BPM systems in the aerospace, medical device, and garment industries. Our skilled engineers will couple their advanced knowledge of BPM with an understanding of your industry to create a streamlined product tailored to your business. Our final product will be seamlessly tuned to your business’s market needs.

Some benefits of BPM include:
  • Reduced costs
  • Improved operational performance
  • Improved internal collaboration and communication
  • Enhanced customer experience

Ultimately, AtLink is experienced and excels in BPA systems. Our team would love to see how they can optimize your business.