PI World 2022: Aveva accelerates the development of industrial digital twins

On the occasion of its first physics event since the Avend pandemic, it has updated its catalog of solutions for the industrial sector, including the digital twin. CEO Peter Herweck also returned to three key trends: resilience, a skilled workforce and the ability to adapt quickly to change.

This week, Aveva returned to the events of physics, launching its first PI World event in Amsterdam. On this occasion, 1,500 people came on this first day, and 2,800 people are expected for the whole event. PI World should be hybrid, and also offers a live broadcast, which will be watched by about 1,000 people. Introductory remarks were made by Peter Herweck, CEO of Aveva since May 2021, following his departure from Schneider Electric, where he led the global industrial automation business and later served as Vice Chairman of Aveva. Aveva. This first day of the show was dedicated to updating the solutions of the industrial software specialist and is interspersed with feedback from several international players. The most important point is to improve its digital twin. It is combined with two systems: a mobile 3D scanner for mapping produced by NavVis and Assai document management software.

With a mobile 3D mapping scanner from NavVis, Aveva is completing its digital twin solution. The digital copy of the factory gives engineers the means to constantly test and optimize production processes remotely. (Credit: NavVis)

The firm indicates that NavVis and Assai’s solutions will be linked to its Point Cloud Manager and Asset Information Management, its software that identifies and sends matches between hardware, documents, plans and other data formats. “Aveva customers can now experience the full digital twin in just 60 days, even without existing models, thanks to deeper contextualization and improved visualization,” said Amish Sabharwal, Aveva’s executive vice president of engineering.

Digital twin, answer all the calls?

“Thanks to the latest integrations and our cloud solutions, customers looking to develop and improve their digital twin can now design, build and operate green facilities using data-driven data to optimize value chain processes and solutions.” adds the leader. Specifically, operators have universal and contextualized access to all engineering, operational and technical information in the cloud, using any form of visualization (3D models and / or laser scanning) and integrated analysis.

Among its customers, the British company names Yinson, TotalEnergies, Saudi Aramco and Shell, which already use digital twin technology. The latter has delivered 30 copies and plans to deliver another 44 in the future. In general, the sectors that will use this technology in the future are oil and gas, electricity, electricity and utilities, chemical industry, marine industry and mining. The industrial sector is increasingly producing strategic data: according to a June 2021 Statista survey, 50% of all available industrial data has been generated in the last two years. It is a pandemic, an accelerator of the digital transformation of companies.

The industrial sector is in a complete digital transformation

As the industrial sector faces increasingly complex challenges, Peter Herwek said he wanted to help “integrate data into a digital stream that spans the value chain and transforms industries.” According to a study conducted by Anaconda in 2022, 63% of data scientists’ time is actually spent collecting and cleaning data. Referring to “connected workers” – which could be translated as “connected workers” – the company explains that its solutions save significant time for data scientists and help different professions to make decisions and act faster.

Amish Sabharwal returned to the concept of “connected worker” mentioned by Peter Herwek to show the cooperation of these operators with digital twin technology. (Credit: CS)

In this sense, Peter Herwek especially returned to the acquisition of his American competitor OSIsoft; an operation that cost the British at least $ 5 billion in August 2020. This is a stir that is causing a stir, as Aveva owes much of its former competitor’s PI System solution. The latter allows you to receive, structure and share real-time operational data for transfer to large-scale analytical applications and software. Today, the PI System is used by many players, such as Kellogg’s, NestlĂ©, Heineken, ArcelorMittal, Dutch ProRail or Biogen. The operational data management platform is now presented as a native Aveva service. However, Amish Sabharwal notes that security updates have been added to the PI System without providing further details.

Sustainability, skilled labor and resilience

Recalling two years of the pandemic (which cannot be missed today), Peter Herweck notes three main trends in innovation. “First, it’s resilience. More than 50% of Fortune 500 companies have committed to remaining carbon neutral until 2030. And this causes significant changes in the entire value chain. The second is the ongoing evolution of the workforce. At least 50% of the industrial workforce will retire in the next 10-15 years, and this skill set is extremely important to our clients. All this knowledge they must pass on to the younger generation. And digital is an important mechanism for them. Finally, the third transition is the need to stimulate agility and resilience.