Open Architecture The Advent of Open Architecture Pushes Enhanced Interoperability
Will the new collaborative relationship between Siemens Industry Automation and Bentley Systems give a decisive boost to the idea of the digital plant? Andreas Geiss, Vice President Comos Industry Solutions at Siemens, and Carsten Gerke, Vice President Professional Services at Bentley, are planning to open up Comos and Openplant for bi-directional data exchange.
The timing was right. Siemens Industry Automation and Bentley Systems chose Hannover Messe to announce their strategic partnership for the process industry. The goal of the two companies is to enhance interoperability between the Comos engineering software solution from Siemens and Bentley’s Openplant. In the future, data and information should be acquired, exchanged and utilized throughout the entire plant lifecycle from initial engineering to ongoing operation across multiple sites.
A question to both of you: seamless plant digitalization appears to be a long and thorny path. When do you expect that the digital plant will make the breakthrough?
Geiss: Your observation is undoubtedly correct if you only look at the german process industry. However if you expand the horizon to include the oil & gas industry across German borders, you find that the industry embraced open architecture, data integrity and data exchange based on non-proprietary formats such as ISO 15926 a long time ago. The oil & gas industry has undoubtedly played a pioneering role over the past five to seven years, because it is a sector where digital modeling can help users to better understand and assess environmental factors. Oil & gas operators want to provide the best possible training to their workforce and maintain their plants and equipment at the highest standard. We plan to be proactive by taking what we have learned from other industry applications and applying it here.
Siemens and Bentley Press Ahead with Enhanced Interoperability
Digitalization is a major theme here at Hannover Messe. Where do you see Siemens Comos compared to your market competitors?
Geiss: I believe that we have a significant competitive advantage. From what I have seen at the show, we are not talking about just one generation. We are actually several generations ahead. We can create a seamless experience from conceptual design right down to the automation layer. The partnership with Bentley takes us a crucial step further. We will permeate the entire process chain.