TechnipFMC and DNV GL are collaborating to develop a methodology for qualifying the integrity of digital twin technology.
Their stated aims are “to bring a level playing field to the sector’s varying technical definitions of, and expectations towards digital twins” and to “set a benchmark for oil and gas operators, supply chain partners, and regulators to establish trust in digital twin-generated data for performance and safety decision-making in projects and operations.”
Digital twins, a digital representation of a physical asset and its behavior, are widely being promoted as the foundation for asset design and operations across the oil and gas industry.
Oil and gas companies are using the technology to take data on assets from multiple sources, keep it in a single and place, and connect 3D models with real-time field data during operations.
Digital twins are also said to allow operators to obtain greater insights and to simulate the likely behavior of the asset, depending on operating conditions, in order to improve decision making.
Julie Cranga, vice president Subsea Digital, TechnipFMC said: “Digital twin technology results in quicker, better asset design, improved project delivery efficiency, and operation safety and performance during the whole asset life.
“As more digital twins enter the oil and gas sector, it is key for operators to know that their twin works as planned, and that its output is reliable. Our collaboration with DNV GL aims to address this.”
The new methodology will incorporate DNV GL’s Recommended Practice (RP) for Technology Qualification: DNVGL-RP-A203 to provide a framework for the oil and gas industry to gain acceptance for implementing unproven hardware technology.
Domain and digital specialists from the two companies will collaborate to tackle a wide range of issues, from definitions to data quality and algorithm performance, in order to speed up implementation of digital twins in the sector, said Liv A. Hovem, CEO, DNV GL – Oil & Gas.
The qualification methodology will be piloted by TechnipFMC on a subsea field development project early next year, and is set to be published as a recommended practice during the second half of 2020.