Digital twin

Digital to physical and back again - full power of digitalization for industrial projects in process and energy industry and shipbuilding

Digitalization bridges the information flow gap between concept and initial design to detailed models, 3D data, and construction information, and goes beyond to maintenance and operation – covering the complete project life cycle. 3D CAD models are the most suitable information hubs for the incremental creation of digital twins. Information and metadata that originate at each stage of the design and engineering process gradually create interlinked layers in the digital twin.

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What is a digital twin?

A digital twin is a live entity of information flows that is constantly updated and the digital hub where we search for and use relevant information. The multitude of data types range from 3D CAD files, 2D documentation, live connections to external databases and layers of comments, markups, and notes that are added throughout the project life cycle. Digital twins can be created for a specific use, such as managing the construction process, or it can be incrementally-created entity with multiple uses: design reviews, change management, construction phase support, and operation and maintenance control.

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Digital twins versus CAD/CAM

The traditional CAD/CAM approach focuses on design, engineering and manufacturing processes. Advancements in technology unlock higher levels of digital data use, where 3D models can be considered as the natural core of industrial project information. The incremental creation of 3D models and the addition of integrations and links with PLM/ERP/MES systems enables a centralized digital twin that evolves during the project life cycle. Additional benefits can be achieved if data is seamlessly used in both design applications and for information management.

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How are digital twins stored?

Digital twins require a specialized platform that is compatible with various 3D model formats, 2D files, and connections with external systems and databases. Besides storing and connecting data and information flows, the digital twin platform should provide an excellent user experience. Decades of experience and extensive expertise in industrial design and project management are embedded in CADMATIC solutions built of the latest IT know-how. Easy access to the required data in a suitable format is the key to successful digitalization.

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Gains from digitalization in industry projects

Digitalization in industry emphasizes the significant shifts that are taking place in the handling of digital information and new business processes that are emerging to replace outdated practices. Instead of digitalizing existing practices, leading industrial companies focus on new ways of working, opportunities, and gains in productivity and quality. Widening the perspective and focusing on strategic goals unlocks the full potential of digitalization. The top-level technology and expertise embedded in CADMATIC solutions ensure continuous support for our partners and customers in their digitalization journey.

Get to know examples of digital twin creation and use in industrial projects. These applications have already proven their practical use in many companies and in various use cases where users immediately experience the benefits on a daily basis.

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Ship in shipyard

Shipbuilding & Offshore

Digital shipbuilding needs reliable technology to manage increasingly complex projects. Starting already at the early stages of design and up to construction and the building site – CADMATIC technology supports engineers and designers with high-end and specialized solutions. Connected information flows ensure the continuity of design, PLM, ERP, MES, and maintenance data. Create, develop and deliver digital twins of any complexity for shipyards, classification societies, or shipowners.

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Process plant

Process & Industry

The digital representation of an industrial project goes far beyond the 3D model – in includes the real-time integration of many systems: from construction site management to operational and maintenance routines. At the heart of all these processes, is the digital model of an asset that is integrated with process monitoring and stored inside the CADMATIC digital twin platform.

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Construction site

Building & Construction

The gradual evolution of BIM data towards the use of digital twins emphasizes bi-directional information flows. Our mission is to raise the level of digital information use in the construction industry from 3D model reviews to a fully functional digital twins. Electrical and building information connected with 3D models can be effectively used in the CADMATIC digital twin platform.

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