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June 14, 2022
GE Digital has announced a technology partnership with Visionaize, a provider of operational 3D digital twin solutions. This technology is designed to help empower data-driven businesses with high accuracy visualization capabilities for operational use cases. Visionaize’s V-Suite Starter can be incorporated into GE Digital’s APM Mechanical Integrity software designed to help streamline maintenance activities and improve worker efficiency across asset intensive industries, the companies report.
While industrial companies can choose to review data and information in any number of formats including plant blueprints, Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) and Isometrics through various means of CAD/CAM software solutions, the implementation of V-Suite Starter is designed to allow users to view real-time and historical asset data on the 3D model. The 3D visualizations of key asset information combine “see it, model it and understand future behavior” to help asset-intensive companies solve key challenges associated with asset downtime, quicker time to resolution, maintenance costs and workforce productivity, according to the companies.
Visionaize integrates 3D plant models with APM Mechanical Integrity to provide data-driven visualization of key APM Integrity attributes by color coding the model to filter out noise and focus on what matters most. The ability to dynamically visualize and contextualize data for operations and maintenance activities help make inspectors, planners, maintenance technicians, corrosion analysts and risk-based inspection (RBI) analysts more efficient and effective in their daily jobs.
“As companies in asset-centric industries—Oil &Gas, Power Generation, Petrochemical and Mining—look to enhance their digital transformation journey, there is a growing acceptance to absorb Digital Twins into their operational decision-making workflows,” says David Reinhart, executive vice president for Visionaize. “To build out a more robust digital twin experience, there is a pressing need for rapid contextual awareness and visualization capabilities.”
Using 3D visualization in GE Digital’s APM solution can help improve worker safety and productivity with situational awareness and less time spent in hazardous environments. An accurate 3D model is designed to allow recovery planning before workers can access the site to facilitate faster time to resolution. It can help to optimize maintenance programs with more efficient scheduling to accelerate planned and unplanned downtime activities.
“Our partnership with Visionaize brings an enhanced scalable templated capability to APM that accelerates implementation and simplifies replication across sites and reduces implementation costs,” says Linda Rae, General Manager of GE Digital’s Power Generation and Oil & Gas business. “Incorporating this state-of-the-art visualization platform is valuable as asset-intensive companies mature in their operational use of Digital Twins.”
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.