The often-repeated adage, “An image is worth a thousand words,” is profoundly true. Be it a toddler easily identifying the emotions of a photo of a person smiling, or an entrepreneur successfully selling an idea using an image of actual working product, visual representations can elicit deeper understanding. The same can be true for engineers, analysts, and reliability managers working relentlessly on critical assets or complex processes. They can make more nuanced critical decisions by seeing a general assembly drawing for an asset or the process flow diagram of critical processes. As the industry embarks on a digital transformation journey to accelerate the energy transition, a key component will be adding contextual 3D capabilities to Digital Twins to provide detailed virtual representations of assets and processes.
The energy transition is complex, requiring multiple digitization threads to continuously enhance the reliability and safety of the existing assets operating in fossil fuel intense industries. For analysts using asset performance management (APM) software to monitor risk and reliability, contextual 3D visualization can improve their productivity and decision-making by allowing them to view asset risk distributions, plan and execute work more effectively with precision, and ultimately review the results. Powerful real- or near real-time performance information using rich contextual visualization is the true Digital Twin nirvana for APM users.
Today, GE Digital’s APM is a world leader in risk calculation, strategy development, management, execution, and evaluation backed with industry-led standards, scalable data collection technologies, and accurate predictive models. The software suite collectively provides a holistic view on the overall asset health index and, with integration into existing ERP/CMMS systems, ultimately drives actions that ensure more reliable and safer plant operations. Now through a partnership with Visionaize, Inc., GE Digital delivers 3D modeling and visualization as part of APM Integrity to help our customers move forward in their immersive digital transformation.