Advancements in 3-D modeling, data storage and analytics are rapidly increasing the adoption of the digital twin concept in operations across the oil and gas value chain, ranging from condition-based maintenance of equipment such as top drives and artificial lift systems to predicting stuck pipe issues and bit wear.

Kongsberg Digital AS is at the forefront of bringing digital twin technology to the oil and gas industry. The software company, which is a subsidiary of Norway-based Kongsberg Gruppen ASA, has agreed to debut its Dynamic Digital Twin technology through a recent partnership with an oil major in the Norwegian North Sea.

“While designing the digital twin, our focus was not only optimization of production, operations and maintenance, but also to reduce EPC cost,” Hege Skryseth, president of Kongsberg Digital, told E&P. She said that the concept of Kongsberg Digital’s Dynamic Digital Twin technology was launched in 2017.

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