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Technology has advanced to create the possibility of a single 3D model to display not only the facility layout information but also assets and associated data – creating a “SINGLE SOURCE OF TRUTH”.  This unified source replaces the current state of incomplete asset records, disparate systems for tracking, and inefficient change management.

Currently, the vast majority of industrial facilities are shown in a 2D format.  This leads to dispersed, out-of-date, inconsistent, and inaccurate data.   The greatest hurdle in adopting the newer 3D work flows has been converting from a 2D to a 3D model.  This is now achievable through 3D laser scanning – capturing true “as-built” conditions and providing the data for the 3D model.  These 3D Smart Models support collaboration, 3D visualization, and the ability to track not only individual assets but also associated data.

The next step in technology exploitation is to utilize the 3D Smart Model with other Industry 4.0 technologies such as simulation and analytics.  Individual assets can be identified within a local system or throughout the worldwide facilities.  Visualization tools such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality will enhance the collaboration and validation processes. 

Today’s complex automation has the capability to create unlimited data.  Analytic tools can upgrade the “fog of data” into actionable initiatives and decision validation.

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