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Siemens and Bentley Systems introduce digital twin cloud services

17 December 2018

Siemens and Bentley Systems have introduced PlantSight, a digital solution which enables as-operated and up-to-date digital twins which synchronise with both physical reality and engineering data, creating a holistic digital context for digital components across disparate data sources, for any operating plant.

Every real-world operating plant is characterised by cumulative evolution – both to its brownfield physical condition and to the varied types and formats of theoretically corresponding engineering data. Accordingly, as-operated digital twins need to be able to  reliably synchronise reflections of both the physical reality and its virtual engineering representations, comprehensively and accurately. Frequent changes are inevitable and with PlantSight, it is possible to realise the benefits of as-operated digital twins  without disrupting existing physical or virtual environments. 

For process industries the effectiveness of digital twins depends upon the integrity and accessibility of as-operated information presented and continuously updated in trusted 2D schematic and 3D model formats. PlantSight provides cloud/web-enabled visibility and access into existing data and tool interfaces, ensuring that changes are timely and accurately captured and managed. 

With PlantSight as-operated digital twin cloud services, operational and project-related engineering data is aligned seamlessly. All disciplines and stakeholders have immediate access to consistent representations. Plant documentation is kept up to date, so its quality is improved. 

Commenting on the new offering, Valentijn de Leeuw, vice president ARC Advisory Group, said, “I believe that PlantSight services will establish a foundation for next-generation asset information and performance management. For as-operated digital twins, this augments the actual plant by integrating operational data with operational intelligence dashboards, immersive operator training simulation, and links with applications such as process simulation, asset strategy, and reliability. The benefits of the environment will increase with the number of microservices provided.”

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