Helmuth Ludwig, Siemens’ Global Head of Information Technology
Bangalore, December 4, 2017: The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference – In his keynote at Bentley’s annual event for sharing thought leadership relevant to infrastructure design, construction, and operations, Helmuth Ludwig, Global Head of Information Technology for Siemens, presented a scenario illustrating the companies’ shared contributions towards digital workflows and digital cities, and provided an update on the various joint development projects underway with Bentley Systems, initiated as part of their strategic alliance that was announced in November 2016. These jointly funded and resourced development projects will result in jointly offered cloud services to advance their respective users’ strategies in going digital.
“Siemens andBentley recognize the unprecedented opportunity that ubiquitous connectivitybrings for assets with digital engineering models that incorporate both theirphysical and functional characteristics,” said Mr. Ludwig. “Siemens’ PLM has ahead start in what we call the product digital twin, production digitaltwin, and performance digital twin. Combined with Bentley’s BIM head startwe will especially take the performance digital twin to a new level, and we canaccelerate realizing the full potential of digital cities, such as here inSingapore. Our cooperative developments are advancing rapidly, which I thinkcan be attributed to our shared commitment to openness and interoperability.”
Mr. Ludwig’spresentation illustrated the approach Siemens takes to integrating anddigitalizing the entire customer value chain in general, and as a particularexample, he described the advances for connected asset visibility thatcan be achieved with the integration of Siemens and Bentley technologies. Inthe workflow described by Mr. Ludwig, a process plant was captured, throughdigital photography, in its as-operated state with Bentley’s ContextCapture software,providing immersive visual context of the plant. That 3D “production digitaltwin” was then linked to the IoT-enabled components in the operating plantvia MindSphere, Siemens’ cloud-based, Internet of Things operatingsystem. Using Bentley’s AssetWise, the MindSphere inputs were configured in abrowser, and in the context of the 3D model, as the user navigated the“performance digital twin” to query asset health of various components—in particulara motor vibrating to failure. The “product digital twin” of a replacement motorwas accessed with Siemens PLM software, and bespoke motor mounts designed andanalyzed to solve the vibration problem—and then 3D-printed. The same logic canbe applied to digital cities, so that through such connected asset visibility,engineering problems can not only be detected but also solved, leveraging fullydigital workflows to improve asset performance.
Otherdigital projects are uniquely bridging Siemens and Bentley technology toaddress some of today’s critical infrastructure imperatives. For example, inenergy management, new distributed energy resources (DER) like wind, solar, andenergy storage, require electrical grids to be bi-directional, so the GIS and networkdesign capabilities in Bentley’s OpenUtilities are being linked with SiemensPSS SINCAL for network analysis modeling to deliver an integrated DER planningand design assessment solution.
The globalpush for urbanization and the increasing requirements of mobility of people andgoods have accelerated the demand for rail electrification via overhead andrigid contact lines. To meet this demand, the two companies are workingtogether to industrialize the electrification process by integrating SiemensSicat Master, for rail catenary overhead contact line modeling and analysis,with Bentley’s newly announced Open Rail Designer.
These newjoint developments build on the continued collaborative work done betweenSiemens and Bentley converging Bentley’s BIM and reality modeling software withSiemens’ product design and production process engineering solutions, and withthe integration of Siemens’ COMOS and Bentley’s OpenPlant.Additional joint projects spanning other Siemens divisions will be announcedover the coming year.
SiemensAG (Berlin andMunich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineeringexcellence, innovation, quality, reliability, and internationality for morethan 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing onthe areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’slargest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens isa leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutionsand a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive andsoftware solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider ofmedical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonanceimaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinicalIT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generatedrevenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end ofSeptember 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Furtherinformation is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.