Demonstrator 8: Process Flow Manager

Demonstrator 8: Process Flow Manager

The Brief

“To devise an example of how 3D CAD data can be used in an abstract way to improve efficiency, productivity and training at an operational and process level”

The Solution:

This demonstrator contains an interactive and immersive space populated by an augmented process-flow diagram; created to show the abstract use of our technology to understand the processes and operations of any, plant, site or facility.



In this example, Spearhead have replicated the processes for a mass digitisation facility – taking in physical legacy media (i.e. Betamax, U-Matics, 16mm film, nitrate etc) from archives across the world and converting these items of media to a digital file.

At a base level, users are able to visualise each element of the process; from splitting the items into format batches, cleaning / processing / digitising phases, physical and digital storage methods alongside customer support and computer systems.

Expanding on this dramatically, users are also able to interrogate the full system at one of three levels:

• Schematics
• Inputs & Outputs
• Processes


Through this demonstrator, users can access functionality to:

• navigate freely around the environment and process flows
• switch between environment and diagram mode
• interrogate labels for locations in diagram mode
• interrogate labels for process flows in both environment and diagram mode
• view keys for full location and process lists
• switch on and off process flows relative to:
o full schematics for a particular process
o inputs and outputs from specific locations
o individual processes across the full facility
• instant reset button to switch off the process flows
• toggle environment geometry on and off
• alternative automated view – rotate automatically around the environment to view your setup in context


By allowing and enabling this level of interactivity and engagement, users can identify and analyse processes and their impacts instantly; mapping out causality and operations across a business or procedure at a much higher level than has ever been achievable before.

This in turn aids in knowledge transfer and assessment of operational requirements; determining any issues and bottlenecks or mapping out best-practice methodology either before process implementation or as part of a wider efficiency initiative within established procedures.

Users are able to control process flows at all levels of operation seamlessly and instantly; switching between operational schematics for each process layer, viewing all input and output processes from a specific location, or viewing individual processes themselves and where they impact across the facility.