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Digital Twin

Driven by cost effective sensors everywhere, linked to really smart mobile devices (including drones), and supported by limitless compute power in the cloud, it seems every week there is another smart, data driven way of doing something.

With my focus on the oil & gas industry, I was struck in 2017 by how quickly this conservative industry went from being slow to change to being driven by digitalization strategies in its board rooms. The last few conversations I had in 2017 with end users, primarily in Asia, who were just getting round to thinking about digitalization, was how far behind they felt they were.

I was struck in 2017 by how quickly the conservative oil & gas industry went from being slow to change to being driven by digitalization strategies in its board rooms.

I have seen Bentley’s reality modeling technology (turning digital photographs into accurate usable 3D models) really take off especially with our partners Siemens, TOPCON and BV as this technology enables the existing physical world to be a core part of a digitalization strategy.

Enabling owners of existing assets to assess current conditions and bring data that together with other digital information to make better informed business decisions for extending asset life and improving productivity.

I am expecting more automation in this area with software recognizing and associating assets in a photograph to asset registers for example, and machine learning where the combination of engineering and sensor information can identify the asset, predict issues and turn data into actionable information.