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Executive Viewpoint : The importance of digital twins and cloud-based services

Hydrocarbon Processing spoke with Andrew McCloskey, Chief Technology Officer and Head of R&D at AVEVA, about how digital twins and cloud-based services are used, their benefits and challenges, security issues, etc., as related to the downstream oil and gas, refining and petrochemicals industries.

Hydrocarbon Processing spoke with Andrew McCloskey, Chief Technology Officer and Head of R&D at AVEVA, about how digital twins and cloud-based services are used, their benefits and challenges, security issues, etc., as related to the downstream oil and gas, refining and petrochemicals industries. HP: What are digital twins and how is AVEVA using them to facilitate its customers’ digital transformation initiatives? McCloskey: Digital twins are virtual replicas of a physical object or system. Extended reality technologies enable manufacturers to create a complete digital twin of their processes and assets, which allows them to respond to unexpected events quickly and efficiently, and red

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