Digital Plant Engineering
Plant Engineers Shake Hands with the Cyber–Age
The technology also enables engineers to model projects in a 3D virtual setting for design integration and construction work packaging, so that when the project is actually constructed, the project teams and stakeholders are able to minimize unforeseen situations.
The Coming Convergence
Ideally, all of this information flows between applications and project teams for better project delivery, which is the key to better Capex, and flows through to operations and maintenance systems across the entire asset lifecycle, which is key to reducing Opex. For example, when companies can integrate 3D models for each discipline in a project, it improves information mobility.
Disciplines can more effectively communicate critical design details, detect clashes earlier in the design phase and before construction starts, share updates during engineering and construction and hand over accurate and complete information to ensure successful start-up and operations.
How the IIoT Converges with Real-World Engineering
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is driving a convergence between operational technology and information technology. Digital engineering models can accelerate this convergence and add the visual representation of the real world needed to aid decision making; this can have far-reaching impacts on the safety, productivity, efficiency and operations of industries worldwide.
For example, South Australia Water is currently using predictive and real-time operational analytics to forecast water demand and improve customer service while reducing operational costs. To create a demand forecasting tool, they needed to pull information from both the operational and IT sides of the organization in real time.