Tyndall’s Hololab debuts as virtual gateway to Installation of the Future

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  • By Sarah McNair
  • AFIMSC Public Affairs

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Digital Twin Hololab went live yesterday at Tyndall AFB to showcase the base’s digital transformation as part of Installation of the Future efforts. These cutting-edge planning concepts and innovative technologies will be integrated across the base and enable numerous capabilities for the warfighter at Tyndall and throughout the Air Force. 

The Hololab is the primary interface with the Digital Twin of Tyndall Air Force Base, said Lowell Usrey, an Air Force Civil Engineer Center Natural Disaster Recovery Division branch chief. 

The Digital Twin is a “near life-like, virtual representation of the physical world,” said Usrey. ”This is the place where Airmen can interact with the model using virtual reality goggles or just a good old-fashioned computer screen.” 

The Hololab demonstrates how these concepts and technologies have been incorporated to help create a more resilient, efficient and sustainable installation. The model itself is tied to the overall $4.9 billion rebuild schedule, enabling views of the installation at any given point in time. 

“It’s more than a display,” said Usrey. “It is an open canvas that puts the virtual world into the hands of potential users to improve mission effectiveness and collect feedback to help improve the system.”

“We are making the Hololab accessible because we want to spread knowledge of how the Digital Twin will help us with our mission today, as well as spark conversations of how it can help us in the future,” said Col. Travis Leighton, NDR division chief.
Visitors will be able to explore what it’s like to operate the systems that are built into the virtual replica of the installation. For example, facilities operators have the ability to view the real-time condition of assets as they explore the model.

The Hololab is deployed at the NDR building and available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 - 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – noon when the base’s health protection condition is Bravo or better.

The Digital Twin is one of many new technologies being implemented to transform Tyndall into the Department of the Air Force’s Installation of the Future. 

To find out more about the Tyndall rebuild, visit https://www.afimsc.af.mil/TyndallPMO/.