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29 October, 2020 - 21:09 By Tony Quested

Shell bases new industrial revolution on AVEVA technology

Ravi Gopinath of AVEVA

Global oil & gas giant Shell has turned to Cambridge software to drive a digital revolution that will hand frontline workers an armoury of nextgen technology.

The Dutch-owned $345 billion revenue business is deploying AVEVA’s Engineering Data Warehouse technology, which bridges the gap between enterprise level digital twin technology and engineers on the ground while keeping industrial workers safe.

The new partnership – the financial value of which to AVEVA is being kept under wraps – follows Shell’s recently announced strategy to deploy digital twin technology across all of its manufacturing sites. 

It believes that AVEVA’s bleeding edge technology is guaranteed to deliver immediate improvements for Shell’s manufacturing operations.

AVEVA is increasingly becoming a globally sought-after agent of change in terms of engineering and industrial software which harnesses the full power of AI.

This specific agreement is designed to help accelerate Shell Global Solutions International B.V’s  digital transformational strategy by deploying AVEVA’s cloud software solutions.

AVEVA will provide Shell with its Engineering Data Warehouse technology, which is one of the building blocks of the digital twin. This will enable a common digital thread across engineering, operations and maintenance and the ability to securely deliver information in context from a single source to decision makers across these critical functions.

The technology will enable Shell, through its Digital Twin, to drive asset reliability, enhance efficiency and reduce unplanned downtime. The solution will also support in providing actionable insights right from the site operator to the asset leadership team.

Shell’s aim across its manufacturing sites is to keep frontline industrial workers safe while ensuring business continuity and operational resilience.

Johan Krebbers, who steers emerging digital technologies at Shell, said: “Empowering workers requires access to all the information as today’s new normal entails remote access to monitor, manage and optimise production facilities. 

“We are already witnessing the benefits of our strategic collaboration with AVEVA through our fully aligned vision for digital transformation. This has enabled us to conduct operations remotely as well as seamlessly access the necessary applications to provide the insight, guidance and tools to ensure safe, effective and consistent work output, specific to each role.”

Ravi Gopinath, chief cloud officer and chief product officer for AVEVA added: “Implementing new technologies like IIoT, extended reality, and Artificial Intelligence has huge advantages with the digital twin of an operating environment and this cutting-edge technology is guaranteed to deliver immediate improvements for Shell’s operations.”

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