The University of Houston ventures into the industrial metaverse with a new partnership

The University of Houston helps advance the industrial metaverse.

UH has partnered with the AI ​​Innovation Consortium, software company Nvidia, and oil and gas engineering and services firm TechnipFMC to build apps for the industrial metaverse. The project is affiliated with Artificial intelligence industry incubator and oilfield digital lab on the UH campus in Sugar Land. The incubator and the laboratory opened in 2020.

Like VentureBeat defines it, the industrial metaverse can transform the way every physical asset, such as a building, plane, robot, or car, is created, assembled, and operated. The industrial metaverse combines the “real world” with technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, cloud computing, edge computing, Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and extended reality (virtual, augmented and mixed reality).

Global revenues of the industrial metaverse are expected to reach $540 billion by 2025. A key component of the industrial metaverse are “digital twins,” which are virtual replicas of physical entities or systems (like factories).

Adam Berg, head of learning solutions at TechnipFMC, worked with UH College of Technology and the AI ​​Innovation Consortium to test an augmented reality program for upstream resource management. TechnipFMC is a pioneer in extended reality.

One of the UH professors participating in this effort is David Crawley, a professor of practice in the university’s College of Technology and a trustee of the AI ​​Innovation Consortium. Last year, the consortium hosted an AI conference on the UH campus in Sugar Land. The consortium is a think tank whose members include UH, Pennsylvania State University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Louisville (Kentucky).

Crawley says the consortium’s “academic ecosystem” is critical to developing tomorrow’s workforce.

Konrad Konarski, chairman of the consortium, says the group is building the world’s largest portfolio of industrial metaverse applications for the oil services industry and various manufacturing sectors.

“That means a maintainer or an operations technology expert or whoever is responsible for a metaverse technology project will be able to support an augmented reality platform or a laptop computer, or just a smartphone, and seamlessly interconnect their real operating environment to and from the metaverse,” says Konarski, an AI and IoT expert, in a Press release.