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Tyndall unveils virtual base with Hololab

There will be a “Hololab Media Day” at Tyndall, Thursday, March 17.

Air Force engineers will offer a rare look at the virtual reality world they have created for Tyndall AFB, Thursday, March 17, at 10 a.m.

The Hololab, sometimes compared to high end video games, serves as the gateway to the Digital Twin — a virtual world created to enhance maintenance, modeling and simulation for the Installation of the Future.

Using virtual reality goggles, large monitors and powerful computer systems, users will be able to run a range of simulations allowing them to see through walls to locate utilities, perform security exercise scenarios from any angle, model placement of equipment before, during, and after construction, and even test buildings against extreme weather scenarios.

This system, unique in the Department of Defense, incorporates lessons learned from Hurricane Michael, cutting edge installation planning concepts, and innovative technologies to help create a resilient, efficient, and sustainable 21st Century Air Force Base.

Engineers began digitally mapping Tyndall AFB last year to create a Digital Twin of the base. Now that the mapping is almost complete, the Hololab is ready to help provide situationally aware information to decision makers and planners.

Media representatives interested in attending the demonstration will meet at the Tyndall Visitor Control Center no later than 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, for escort to the demonstration site. Media representatives need valid press affiliate credentials and a valid state-issued I.D. or driver’s license to attend.

Subject matter experts will be available for interviews after the event upon request.

Please direct any questions to public affairs representative Don Arias at