Yusuf Latief spoke to Fangbo Liu of Shenyang Aluminium & Magnesium Engineering & Research Institute (SAMI), winners of the Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure and Going Digital Awards, about their innovative application of digital twin tech on an aluminium plant, a first for the industry.
As part of their commitment to green development and reducing energy consumption in China’s aluminium industry, Chalco initiated a digital demonstration project for their Zhongrun Aluminium Factory.
They retained SAMI to apply digital twin technology throughout the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the plant.
The data and multiple disciplines spread across 52 sub-projects presented data integration and coordination issues. To accurately link 300GB of design and construction data with a 3D model to manage the facility, SAMI needed open modelling technology and a connected data environment.
SAMI selected Bentley applications to develop an enterprise digital factory management platform and build the aluminium industry’s first plant-wide digital twin. Bentley’s integrated applications reduced modeling time by 15%, saving more than 200 workdays.
Source: Smart Energy International