Siemens teams for digital twin of factories

October 22, 2018 // By Nick Flaherty
Digital twin software from Bentley Systems
Siemens has teamed up with Bentley Systems to create digital twins of a power plant or factor that synchronizes both physical reality and engineering data, creating a holistic digital version from disparate data sources for any operating plant. 

PlantSight brings together data from multiple sources including reality meshes in the one portal view, allowing rapid access to information that has previously been inaccessible. It coalesces project digital twins and control systems digital twins, and will soon extend to performance digital twin and component product digital twins. This allows developers to test out software and hardware improvements on the digital twin without interfering with the operation of the physical plant.

Every real-world operating plant has evolved, both from its brownfield physical condition and its various types and formats of engineering data. 'As-operated' digital twins must reliably synchronize reflections of both the physical reality and its virtual engineering representations, comprehensively and accurately. Moreover, further frequent changes are inevitable. With PlantSight, every process plant owner-operator can realize the benefits of as-operated digital twins – without disruption to their existing physical or virtual environment.

For process industries, characterized by ongoing capital projects, 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 all stakeholders with cloud/web-enabled visibility and access into existing data and tool interfaces, assuring 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. Especially for brownfield installations, the time and effort to federate and complete asset information will be significantly reduced, with plant documentation kept up-to-date, and its quality accordingly improved.

"From the start of Bentley Systems' strategic alliance with Siemens, we have together seen our development of PlantSight as having perhaps the most significance for our marketplace. Siemens' announced combination of its digital offerings for discrete and process plants enables our bringing together, through a cloud service, the complementary elements of Comos, OpenPlant, MindSphere, and Teamcenter. PlantSight can now realize the process industries' top priority in 'going digital'— the


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