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Hali Larsen: Visualizing Machine Data at Autodesk's AMF

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    Posted: 27.Feb.2018 at 08:36

HaliLarsen is a Design Research Engineer at our Ontario office. Hali recently shared some information about the work that Autodesk Research is doing by building upon Autodesk Forge. It's another example of Autodesk eating its own dog food, so with Hali's permission, I thought I would share it with the It's Alive in the Lab readership. For the unfamiliar, Forge is our application program interface(API) platform and supporting materials(sample code, manuals) as well as a community of developers who uses thoseAPIs. Forge provides Autodesk customers and partners with the ability to develop their own custom solutions particular to their particular workflows. Give a man a product, and he'll work for a day. Give a man a platform, and he'll work for a lifetime.

Here is Hali's story:


For the relaunch of Autodesk's Advanced Manufacturing Facility(AMF) in BirminghamUK, the Toronto-based Complex Systems Team from Autodesk Research collaborated with our Digital Manufacturing Group and AMFTechnical Consultants to gather and display machine data and environmental sensor data in context of a 3DBIM of the workshop floor. The demo used the latest iteration of Project Dasher(a web-based data visualization tool built on Autodesk Forge) and Data360(our cloud based time-series database for the capture, processing, storage, and retrieval of high-frequency sensor data).

Visualization experiences such as those presented make production data easier to understand and accessible for a broader range of stakeholders. Having the demo running on location during the relaunch events generated customer excitement about next-generation possibilities for connected systems and IoT data in the manufacturing context.


Our Data360API is now capturing streaming data directly from the machines atAMF using our Programmable Data Router(PDR) technology over the MTconnect SHDR(Simple Hierarchical Data Representation) protocols. This setup will continue to build a historical dataset that was initially populated with historic data from Vimana, which runs at theAMF to enable Fusion Production. Data processing executed byData360 includes the calculation and storage of basic statistics and aggregate levels of detail that enable fluid pan and zoom interactions in the charts and playback of the surface shading visualization. Both of these Dasher360 features rely on requesting large quantities of data from the database. The data itself included machine data(e.g.,load, displacement, position, feedrate, speed, current, temperature, cut time) and environmental data (e.g. temperature, humidity, light level).


Thanks, Hali.

In addition to this information from Hali, Software Architect, KeanWalmsley has his own Through the Interface blog post on the event as an attendee and ProjectDasher developer:

Visualization is alive in the lab.

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