Virtual plant models - so-called digital twins - are now the measure of all things in plant documentation. With their help, it is possible to locate all important data in mere seconds. They thus make it easier to comply with operator obligations, accelerate plant modifications and allow for entirely new efficiency enhancement applications through a connection to the Internet of Things. But the conversion of plant documents into a digital form is costly both in terms of time and money. This is where the new digital solution PIDGraph comes into play.
PIDGraph is operated through a convenient web interface to which P&IDs can be uploaded as image files, PDFs and in DWG format. With the help of Artificial Intelligence PIDGraph then identifies objects, tags and charts and automatically converts them into XML files in accordance with the DEXPI standard. This ensures compatibility with common CAE tools in which the digital P&IDs can be further processed and, if necessary, linked to additional information and documents.
While the migration process is an efficient way of gathering and digitizing legacy data from disparate sources, it is really just the starting point of PIDGraph’s utility. Crucially, PIDGraph can recognize not only the plant items it has scanned, but also the relationships between them as expressed by their interconnecting pipes and wires. This allows us to build applications based on Deep Graph Analysis on top of PIDGraph’s graph structure that can truly unlock the potential that has been hidden for so long within the original diagrams.
„A lot of information is still on paper and in the head of the elderly employees. The need for easy and efficient storage and findability is increasing.“
Cor Soetens, Senior Consultant Asset Management & Reliability