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Event Review Accelerating the Digitalization of Plants

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Bentley and Siemens recently held an online media session in which they announced that Bentley’s Plant Sight and Siemens’ Teamcenter Calm will be used together for the very first time to develop a unique digital twin solution. Both the companies will also be collaborating to develop a digital twin for Chandra Asri’s largest integrated petrochemical complex in Indonesia.

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Siemens and Bentley Systems will develop the first petrochemical digital twin in Indonesia for Chandra Asri, the country’s largest integrated petrochemical complex.
Siemens and Bentley Systems will develop the first petrochemical digital twin in Indonesia for Chandra Asri, the country’s largest integrated petrochemical complex.
(Source: Chandra Asri, Indonesia)

On July 16, Bentley and Siemens held a virtual session titled ‘Accelerating the Digitalization of Plants and Infrastructure’ for the media. Many experienced leaders from both the companies addressed the event including Torsten Beste, Senior Director, Siemens Digital Industries Software; Mark Biagi, Senior Director, Digital Co-Ventures, Bentley Systems; Bart Moors, Head of Comos Industry Solutions, Siemens; Nigel Sams, Business Development Director, Portfolio Management, Siemens; John Sanins, Director, Business Development, Bentley Systems; Sandra Dimatteo, Director of Marketing, Digital Twin Solutions, Bentley Systems; and Evelyne Kadel, Press Officer, Siemens.

The company executives elaborated on their latest joint developments in the digital space highlighting the point that Bentley’s Plant Sight and Siemens’ Teamcenter Capital Asset Lifecycle Management (Calm) will be used together for the very first time in order to develop a comprehensive digital twin solution.

Plant Sight

Bentley’s Plant Sight is a digital twin cloud service which is capable of assisting and making plant workers 30 % more efficient. The executives mentioned that it is also equipped to visualise as well as connect 1D, 2D, and 3D information from multiple sources and at the same time manage a timeline of change, aggregating design, and engineering information. Data is also easily accessible from all sources via an effective portal. Some of the recent additions to Plant Sight include expanded connectivity to access, visualise, and make decisions on reliability and asset performance management (APM); expanded connectivity to access, visualise, and make decisions about operational and process performance, as well as environmental, health, and safety guidelines; and an update on user adoption.

Teamcenter Calm

The Teamcenter Calm by Siemens is part of the product lifecycle management (PLM) system that promotes digital innovation and is responsible for digitalising capital assets of companies in order to enable firms make better collaborative decisions and gain useful insights. It also helps users to shift from a document based environment to a data based one, added the representatives.

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Innovative Digital Twin Solution

The plus points of both – the Plant Sight and Teamcenter Calm offer an innovative digital twin solution for the process and discrete sections of the plant for enterprise collaboration and data management, stated the presenters. Real-time collaboration between engineering, operations and maintenance can also be achieved with this solution.

Digital Twin for Chandra Asri

The speakers also shared that Bentley and Siemens have collaborated to build a digital twin for the Indonesia-based petrochemical company Chandra Asri. The solution will be created for Chandra Asri’s largest integrated petrochemical complex in Cilegon City, Indonesia. This is also the first digital twin to be created in the country’s petrochemical industry.

With an aim to double its capacity in the next five years, the complex will have its digital twin developed by 2025. With the assistance of the digital twin, one can view the entire plant in a digitalised format by making use of plant and engineering data, thus, transforming the analog plant data into an automated digital twin framework. To be built in three stages, the digital twin is an integrated platform which ensures data accuracy, consistency and integrity, as well as ease-of-maintenance.

The executives elaborated that in the first phase, Bentley Systems’ Asset Wise and Siemens’ Comos will be used for the foundation of the digital twin solution. Asset Wise is an asset performance software that provides informed decision support and management of change from capital planning through proactive asset maintenance. Comos is an integrated plant management and lifecycle software that integrates engineering, automation and operations data, with a customisable blueprint for brownfield plant data enablement.

In the second stage, Bentley’s engineering design tools, Open Plant and Pro Steel, will also be used to model and maintain piping and structural information for both brownfield and greenfield projects. Together, the joint solution will maintain data integrity and accuracy throughout the lifecycle.

In the final stage, the Plant Sight digital twin solution will be used for the project. The speakers also concluded that for post-implementation of the project, FKA Global has been selected as the systems integration partner which will offer diverse services including digitalisation services, maintenance and further enhancement of the solution.

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