December 2018

Process Control and Instrumentation

It’s not double trouble—it’s digital twingenuity

Much ink has been spilled over the concept known as the “digital twin.”

Henn, J., MAVERICK Technologies

Much ink has been spilled over the concept known as the “digital twin.” However, very little has been done to implement this technology in the oil and gas industry (especially in the midstream and downstream sectors). The industry still relies heavily on using traditional data analytic tools and techniques while continuing to run on legacy computing power. These tools and legacy systems lack the processing capability needed to decipher and enable the data that is generated by sensors and transmitters. To stay competitive, refiners can leverage the large quantity of historized and sensor-generated data to create and implement an accurate digital twin model. By utilizing new algorithms, tools

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