The Advent of Open Architecture Pushes Enhanced Interoperability
Disconnects which occur in the transition from the design & engineering process to production often cause problems. How does the linkage between Openplant and Comos help prevent that from happening?
Geiss: Tight integration between Comos 2D engineering data and Bentley 3D plant design data makes a major contribution in that direction, helping maintain an electronic model of the plant which is always up to date. Currently for existing plants, users may capture the “as-built” status. The data is then released for use in plant operations, and it is only a matter of time until the data has collected a layer of dust, normally after only a few months or one to two years.It is only looked at again when an expansion project is underway and the operator needs to revise the information. In our view, the tendency in the future will be to maintain an up-to-date plant model to assist in process and asset optimization. We plan to meet this user need through 2D/3D integration.
Laserscanning offers New Possibilities for Plant Projects
Gerke: In the 3D space, there are other trends as well, for example laser scanning which can be used during the creation of intelligent models. Our entire portfolio then comes into play. Several operational support tools already exist for Comos and at Bentley, and they complement each other. As you can see, we have not yet explored the full potential. The partnership will initially focus on the 2D/3D space.