Visualizing 3-Dimensional Ultrasonic Examination Data Using the HoloLens

Request Number REQ6329270
Due Date December 20, 2016
Author Seh-Rin Sung
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Visualizing 3-Dimensional Ultrasonic Examination Data Using the HoloLens
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing an independent nonprofit research organization, invites proposals for technology, process, and tools to enable visualization of 3-dimensional ultrasonic examination data using the Microsoft HoloLens holographic computer.


NineSigma’s client uses various sensors for nondestructive evaluation of various surfaces and structures.  They collect copious amounts of data which then requires visual review by a human expert.  Data sets include raw data from the sensors, position coordinates, and time.  NineSigma’s client wants to use Microsoft’s HoloLens holographic computer to look at the data, allowing multiple wearers to examine the same data together.  NineSigma’s client seeks tools, software, and processes to enable visualization.


NineSigma’ client has created a demonstration data set from ultrasonic data recorded for the flat plate, shown in the photo above.  The plate is 14 inches wide by 32.5 inches long by 1.5 inches thick.  The attached drawing of the plate indicates the location of various defect features.  Please note that some of the features shown in the drawing are not present in the provided data set and that there is low-amplitude entry surface noise in the data set.  See the figure below for a visual representation of the ultrasonic data set.


The data, saved as a tab-delimited text file, is complete volume amplitude data, with ultrasonic amplitude measurements (in units of %) indexed as follows.  The data includes a 19-line header, followed by tabular data where the 38 columns represent ultrasonic amplitudes at increments of increasing thickness, from left to right.  Rows indicate amplitudes measured at 793 increments in the long (x-axis) dimension of the plate.  Subsequent blocks of 793 rows are for incremental slices in the width (y-axis).


See this attachment for a description of the header fields.  Please use this link to access the example data set.




Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  • Enable user to import multivariate ultrasonic data, transform it, and manipulate it for viewing on HoloLens
  • Enable data sharing between multiple HoloLens wearers
    • Each user can see the same thing
  • Enable import/overlay of a CAD model of a related structure
  • Enable annotation within the data set
    • Either voice or graphical marker
    • Enable visualizing and saving subsets of data
  • Preferably, enable near real-time data visualization
    • Visualize and manipulate acquired data within a few minutes of acquisition
    • Overlay incoming data on CAD platform, reporting position tracking, right into the HoloLens
    • Real-time processing and visualization of the data would be a stretch goal


Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

Phase 1 – Proof of concept

  • Demonstration with simple data set


Phase 2 – Engineering development

  • Application refinement
  • Continued testing with data representing more complicated geometries


Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2

   Client will consider for advancement a successful demonstration of system capable of being adapted to or directly implemented into the applicable working environment.


Possible Approaches

The ideal solution would provide a software platform or application that would perform the required data manipulations to transform the data into a useable HoloLens format.  This may require the operator to fill in some necessary background information about the examination but should not require an expert software or computer programmer.


Approaches not of interest

Solutions that require the end user to perform operations using multiple software platforms would not be preferred


Preferred Collaboration types
  • Joint Development
  • Contract Research
  • Technology Licensing
  • Consulting
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

Your response should address the following:

  • Non-confidential description of proposed technology
    • Preferably, include illustration that demonstrates the concept behind your proposal (you could link to non-public video)
  • Availability of technical data including memory requirements, file size, and processing time
  • Technical maturity of the approach (concept, prototype, ready to implement, commercialized)
  • Pathway to implementation including deliverables, timing, and estimated budget
  • Estimated unit cost of technology
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience


Appropriate responses to this Request

Responses from companies (small to large), consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome.  For example:


You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a proof of concept.

You represent a company or university that has a solution developed for another application, ready to adapt to this one.

You represent a university research department that has an undeveloped pathway with a high probability of success.


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