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Shell’s deepwater business has selected US-based company Bentley Systems’ digital twin approach to streamline the process of its capital projects and accelerate ‘first oil’ time.

According to Bentley, Bentley’s iTwin platform covers project conception in the early phase design until the handover.

Shell Gulf of Mexico deepwater projects general manager GT Ju said: “Shell Deepwater Projects is developing an integrated Workflow and Data Platform from system selection to asset handover to streamline our capital projects processes and accelerate time to first oil.

“The platform is being developed in partnership with Bentley, leveraging Bentley’s iTwin open, scalable Azure cloud-based platform, which provides interoperability across owner and supply chain systems.

“We believe that an end-to-end platform that gives us visibility and transparency to project and engineering data across our portfolio will be a key driver in delivering competitive projects.”

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Furthermore, Bentley said it is providing investment funds to Norwegian software company FutureOn to accelerate digitalisation within the oil and gas (O&G) industry.

FutureOn will combine its field design application and its API-centric collaboration platform with Bentley’s digital twin platform ‘iTwin’.

Bentley Systems chief product officer Nicholas Cumins said: “Think Big – Prove Small – Scale Fast – sums up the overall approach Shell and Bentley share in this initiative. Bentley’s iTwin platform is ideally suited to providing aligned, secure and visual access to project data across the supply chain and capital projects ecosystem.

“Shell’s selection of Bentley’s iTwin platform validates our open approach to digital twins and underscores the ability of the platform to scale to the largest, most complex capital projects and dynamic engineering use cases.”