Digital twin platform to assist digitalisation in engineering


Global engineering company, Aker Solutions, has launched a new software and digital services company that enables operators to accelerate field development projects and optimise asset performance

ix3™ has created a digital twin platform called Integral™ that brings together engineering, manufacturing and test data with live-streamed operational data.

The digital twin platform Integral™ monitors, assesses, maintains and optimises energy assets from concept to decommissioning. It can improve the design and operating efficiency of energy assets by enabling teams to make better decisions.

Dean Watson, chief operating officer of Aker Solutions said: “Our software solutions have contributed to improved quality and performance on 140 projects in the last 15 years, with benchmarked results. We have combined our cutting-edge software with deep domain knowledge in ix3™ to help our customers deliver more efficient projects and operations.

“Our digital offerings are a key differentiator and contributor to Aker Solutions growth and profitability.”

One of the main barriers to digitalisation in the engineering sector to date has been data quality. Integral™ aims to address this by bringing together structured and easily searchable information via applications. All information about a field or facility is maintained in an up-to-date, centralised place and connects the operator with contractors and other service suppliers. It brings together cloud computing, Industrial Internet of Things, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Are Føllesdal Tjønn, head of ix3™, added: “The ix3™ suite of apps is radically transforming how we work. They accelerate time to first oil and increase safety and performance throughout the full life of an energy asset. ix3™ is named after its core offering: integrated, innovative insight.

“We can reduce months of design and engineering work to weeks. Administration and coordination costs can be significantly reduced during the construction phase while also increasing quality during fabrication.”


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