October 10, 2011/The Mining Journal
SAULT STE. MARIE (AP) - A decommissioned Great Lakes freighter that now serves as a museum piece is the proving ground for engineers seeking improved ways to update large-scale industrial equipment.
The 95-year-old ore carrier Valley Camp now serves as a museum ship in Sault Ste. Marie.
Engineers in a Lake Superior State University project have been scanning the Valley Camp's engine room, with the goal of making a high fidelity, three-dimensional digital rendering of the facility.
The university says senior engineering students are creating the model for an industrial client that seeks to "prototype a way of 'virtualizing' the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of oversized industrial machinery.
The school says technicians are using a state-of-the-art scanner from Leica to take in 360-degree views of the ship's mechanical areas.
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