The oil and gas sector faces substantial challenges related to designing, operating and maintaining offshore assets, but also substantial opportunities enabled by new digital tools. Risks and uncertainties can now be evaluated and accounted for before assets are produced and before offshore operations are performed. Asset design and operation can be evaluated, designed and operated as standalone, or as a part of a larger infrastructure including production capacity, piping and energy systems. This helps to optimise solutions in a ecosystem perspective, increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
KONGSBERG’s Dynamic Digital Twin provides an integrated digital solutions tool for oil and gas facilities. It is used to optimise and reduce the time and cost of commissioning, operating, planning and designing assets, and improves performance through data-driven operations.
The Dynamic Digital Twin recreates all the characteristics of real assets in advanced, data-enriched visualisation and 3D models. It allows users to explore developing concepts and operational assets in a virtual context, delivering insight across disciplinary silos and giving in-depth understanding of operations, behaviour, maintenance, costs, performance and more. It is accessible from anywhere and on any digital device, such as mobile phones, tablets and desktops.
The Dynamic Digital Twin incorporates machine learning algorithms to increase efficiency across processes and facilitates realistic testing of scenarios and control settings before implementation in the real asset.
The Dynamic Digital Twin integrates various systems and work layers, enhancing collaboration across disciplines. It also increases visibility and insight across value chains and makes relevant information accessible to all parts of the organisation, thereby improving organisational productivity.
The main benefits of utilising a digital twin are related both to improved and more cost-efficient design of new assets and to increased production efficiency (PE) for assets in operation. Experience indicates an increase of 2 to 5 per cent PE due to improved control schemes and more robust and right-sized designs, resulting in less energy consumption and maintenance.
The Dynamic Digital Twin can easily be applied to other industries. It can also enable control of autonomous, unmanned and remotely operated assets in air and in space.
Kongsberg Digital and Agder Energi have signed an agreement to explore the use of the Dynamic Digital Twin in digitalising the hydropower industry.