DB Schenker is one of the world's leading logistics providers. It deals largely in contract logistics, where it manages and supports the logistical needs of large firms. Its operations in Singapore are spread across 12 warehouses, in which they facilitate the transfer, process and storage of goods on a daily basis.
Identifying warehouse planning as an integral part of the logistics process, my team partnered up with Schenker Singapore to create 'wARehouse planner', an augmented reality tool that brings warehouse planning to life!
Professional planning with clients can be tedious, time-consuming and lacking in visual clarity. As such, 'wARehouse planner' is created to improve customer experience in the planning process by ensuring intuitive interaction, accurate 3D visualisation and real-time feedback.
User interactivity is key in 'wARehouse planner'. Clients can set up floor boards which represent the warehouse and intuitively place and move objects on it to plan the layout.
Physical building blocks representing different types of machinery, equipment and zones are utilised to improve communication between clients and DB Schenker representatives.
This ensures a smoother and an enjoyable planning process.
Most clients are unable to accurately visualise entire warehouse layouts and its machinery through technical drawings alone. 'wARehouse planner' solves this by enhancing visual clarity for clients via an accompanying AR application.
When the machine models are scanned, the App overlays a detailed virtual 3D model of the corresponding machine.
This ensures accurate 3D visualisation for both parties!
The AR app constantly monitors and relays information back to the user through 2 features.
The first feature is Clash Detection, where the App alerts the user when the minimum safety distance between machines are violated.
The second feature is called Bottleneck Identification. This feature determines which machine in the planned layout has the lowest throughput and is causing inefficiency in the warehouse movements.
Together, these features ensure that the users are able to enjoy real-time feedback in the planning process, and prevent unnecessary back-and-forth planning caused by delayed design evaluation.

DB Schenker wARehouse planner concept - Hosted on Sketchfab

Special thanks to SUTD mentors, Prof. Thomas Schroepfer, Prof. Low Hong Yee and Prof. Soujanya Poria and TA Shravya.
Heartfelt appreciation to my hardworking team members:
Yang Junjie
Chin Kee Ting
Latasha Lenus
Ye Huzheng
Written by Emir Hamzah Mustaffa in 2020.
Published in 2021.

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