Siemens and Bentley Systems announce digital twin cloud services

Oct 17, 2018

Siemens and Bentley Systems have introduced PlantSight, which is the result of their co-development based on their complementary software portfolios. PlantSight is a digital solution to benefit customers through more efficient plant operations. According to the two companies, PlantSight enables as-operated and up-to-date digital twins which synchronize with both physical reality and engineering data, creating a holistic digital context for consistently understood digital components across disparate data sources, for any operating plant. Plant operators benefit from trustworthiness and quality of information for continuous operational readiness and reliability.

According to Bentley, as-operated digital twins must reliably synchronize reflections of both the physical reality and its virtual engineering representations, comprehensively and accurately and 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 the effectiveness of digital twins can depend on the integrity and accessibility of as-operated information presented and continuously updated in trusted 2D schematic and 3D model formats. PlantSight provides 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, all disciplines and stakeholders have immediate access to consistent representations. For brownfield installations, the time and effort to federate and complete asset information will be reduced, with plant documentation kept up to date, and its quality 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," said Greg Bentley, CEO for Bentley Systems. "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 digital twin enablement of their operating plant engineering."

“With PlantSight, we’re stepping up our cooperation with Bentley and extending the possibilities offered by data utilization for the process industry," said Klaus Helmrich, member of the management board of Siemens AG. "This joint solution based on the complementary know-how of Bentley and Siemens represents a key step towards making digital twins even more efficient and creating a digitally integrated value chain, which offers even greater consistency. In this way, we’re continuously enlarging our Digital Enterprise portfolio by embracing future technologies."

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