Volvo Group Truck Technology - Advanced Technology and Research

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It's not every day you get to drive a crane truck into one of Volvo's conference rooms...

The challenge

Volvo Group Truck Technology – Advanced Technology and Research, researching in the transport and automotive industries and in need of an updated visualization tool, planned in 2008 to upgrade their virtual reality studio. The studio’s acrylic projection screen was to be replaced by a wide 4K projection area to visualize research material and by an adjacent HD projection area to use with Volvo’s driving simulator.
 
As it was decided that a 5m * 2.6m wide and a 2.5m * 2.6m wide glass screen would be installed, NANCO’s challenge was to get the 300kg – 500kg heavy glass screens into the VR-studio. Not only had the studio a 25 cm installation floor, but the only way in was passed two conference rooms, both carpeted wall-to-wall and passed a fixed conference table which had left no space to maneuver.
 

The solution

The solution is not an everyday solution, as the title suggests. Who would get to drive a crane truck into Volvo’s buildings?

Unlikely as it sounds, it is exactly what NANCO did!

A crane truck with a 30m extendable boom lifted one transportation box at a time from the flatbed of the truck through one of the large doors into the first conference room.

The crane truck with its load of 300kg – 500kg heavy glass screens

The crane truck with its load of 300kg – 500kg heavy glass screens

Through the first conference room...

Through the first conference room…

...requiring precision work ...

…requiring precision work …

 
Having placed the boxes as far as it reached, which was at the entrance of the second conference room, the crane truck was driven through the first conference room into the second one, both floors protected by masonite boards.
...and into the second conference room

…and into the second conference room

as far as it reached and ...

as far as it reached and …

 
and ...

and …

voilà!

voilà!

The truck steadied then its two hydraulic legs on the floor. As one leg had to cross the conference table, the furniture had previously been covered in protective plastic. Once in place the crane truck extended once more its boom and lifted the screens through the conference room into the VR-studio.
Final lift into the VR studio

Final lift into the VR studio

Soon ready to mount the screens

Soon ready to mount the screens

Throughout the entire procedure the truck’s exhaust gases were redirected to a diesel exhaust storage tank.

As a 4K projector normally requires a total space of approx. 5m, a depth that is usually not available, NANCO typically uses a reflecting mirror to decrease the projection distance. As the adjacent server room in this site was opened up for the projector, the required distance was made available and no mirrors had to be used.

Usually the projection screen is mounted into a frame in a wall, which absorbs the noise produced by the projector’s fan. At this site there was no wall. But by placing the projector into the server room this issue was solved automatically.

Still there was no wall to mount the frame and screen into as the previous screen had been held by a mechanical construction. Using truss Volvo had, converting, and rebuilding them, NANCO built the  construction while a specialized glaziery built a frame to mount into the truss.

The outcome

Volvo Group Advanced Technology & Research has now two adjacent powerwalls, one 4K 5m * 2.6m wide and one HD 2.5m * 2.6m wide, allowing the simultaneous visualization of 20 different image sources and having up to 20 access points for additional workstations.

The VR-studio with double projection area

The VR-studio with double powerwalls

Industry

Industrial design

Challenge
  • getting a 5m * 2.6m and a 2.5m * 2.6m wide projection screen into place: past two carpeted conference rooms and a fixed conference table
  • 25 cm installation floor
  • no wall for noise reduction
  • no wall for mounting the screens
Solution
  • a crane truck with a 30m extendable boom
  • masonite boards
  • protective plastic covering
  • a diesel exhaust storage tank
  • adjacent computer room
  • truss
Outcome
  • an updated VR-studio
  • a 4K 5m * 2.6m wide powerwall
  • an HD 2.5m * 2.6m wide powerwall
  • 20 different image sources simultaneously visualized
  • 20 access points for additional workstations
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