VR is 100% representative of reality; it’s a digital twin. The digital twin can be used in the operation and maintenance of assets, ensuring that the asset owners know everything that they can about their assets by using the virtualised twin. They don’t even have to leave the office!
If throughout a construction project, a VR model (made up of local terrain data, CAD models and other datasets) is used for reviewing designs and updating plans, then the source data will remain an accurate representation of reality. The construction agent will make or build the project or asset twice: Once in VR, Once for Real.
Virtalis has worked with organisations that have designed and built products using VR and advanced visualisation for decades – this now extends into the Asset Management and BIM (Building Information Modelling).
We can link the virtual model to a Common Data Environment (CDE), the master repository (for example enterprise asset register, such as Ellipse or Maximo) for all asset information. The virtual model references this asset information as meta data and displays it to the user.
Planning for interventions, such as renewal, can be done on the digital twin, secure in the knowledge that it is an exact replica of reality. If the model is accurate, the need to visit the site diminishes. Customers have been able to reduce the number of visits that they undertake by up to 80%, significantly saving time and money.
Virtalis’ experience in construction, such as in ship building, proves that a VR model linked to the master data repository is an unrivalled methodology. So, before each shift, the construction workers or engineers review the design (including any changes from the previous shift) meaning they are always working on the most recent data set. When they complete their shift, they update the CDE, so that the data remains 100% accurate.
By repeating this process throughout the construction process, by the time that the project is complete and handed over to the maintenance/operations teams, they have a 100% accurate data and VR model which can be used for the next stages of the asset management journey – maintenance and operation. Moreover, as the VR model is accurate, staff training can also take place using it, which has massive benefits if either the environment or equipment is hazardous.
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