Company-X built an interactive virtual reality (VR) model of a General Electric gas turbine to demonstrate the concept and impact of creating a digital twins.

A digital twin is a virtual copy of a real-world object, updated with historical and real-time data using internet-of-things technology.



The interactive virtual reality model of the General Electric gas turbine needed to replicate its real-world counterpart.

The biggest challenge was sourcing the gas turbine’s external and internal specifications.

Another challenge was creating a virtual reality version of the user’s hands rather than standard controllers that the majority of VR developers were using.




Company-X’s virtual reality development team sourced the external and internal specifications of the General Electric gas turbine.

The virtual reality model was built on the Unity Real-Time Development Platform for the HTC Vive Virtual Reality System.

The team comprised a Unity developer and a 3D modeller.



The user dons an HTC Vive Virtual Reality System headset and separates out the different parts of the turbine by causing the model to explode out into individual parts.

Any relevant maintenance data can be ‘attached’ to the individual part giving the user the information that they need to make decisions. The latest data helps users make the best maintenance decisions.

The VR replica can also be used to run simulations for forward planning and reliability engineering, for example end of life replacement planning.