FACILITYtwin to revolutionise plant management, operations and design

Beca has announced a new software product designed to rethink how the operators of asset-intensive facilities interact with, manage and design their facilities. 

The game changing productivity tool, FACILITYtwin, contextualises asset performance and maintenance data in a user-centric and easy-to-use mobile interface and can also be used during design process, as a novel collaboration environment for project stakeholders.

Dr. Gary Hanniffy, FACILITYtwin lead, said that unlike other products in the market, FACILITYtwin offers exciting new visualisation aspects of a digital twin, helping clients relate asset data to precise plant locations, transforming the user experience for operators of asset-intensive facilities. 

“Beca have developed FACILITYtwin’s features around the user and their activities, as opposed to traditional asset management platforms. What our clients want is a simple way to access key information and understand how it relates to their vast and complex infrastructure,” Dr Hanniffy said.

“We know that getting the right information in front of the right people at the right time is critical to efficiency and productivity, and this is essentially what FACILITYtwin does.

“The timing for FACILITYtwin couldn’t be better. There's nothing like forced isolation to highlight the value of having access to a virtual plant, allowing people to inform, collaborate and make decisions without the need for anyone to visit the plant floor,” he said.

In addition to FACILITYtwin’s ability to be adopted for operation and maintenance of existing facilities, it can also be used as a powerful collaboration platform in the design, construction and commissioning for capital projects. This delivers major time and cost savings and importantly, it helps developers achieve a digital facility that supports a variety of operational objectives. 

FACILITYtwin also dramatically shortens the timeframe and costs associated with the notoriously laborious process of physically handing over a plant. It does this by acting as a conduit for accelerated transfer of relevant data from design to maintenance systems.

Stephen Witherden, Beca’s Digital Product Strategy Manager, said Beca brings together the industry nous, technical expertise and the vision needed to transform the way businesses operate. 

"FACILITYtwin combines... beautiful data visualisation and an exceptional user experience to bring your facility to life" - Stephen Witherden, Beca

“FACILITYtwin adopts a platform-agnostic, best-of-breed approach to produce a product that brings the best of Beca to life, distilling our 100 years’ experience in facility engineering into a unique, easy to use digital solution,” Mr Witherden said. 

“We are also pleased to announce that Microsoft recognises Beca as an Independent Software Vendor, celebrating many years of deep collaboration between our respective organisations and the innovative software products our team have developed and host on the Azure Platform. FACILITYtwin is among the products to be showcased on Microsoft’s storefront. 

“In the year Beca celebrates its centenary, FACILITYtwin combines our rich engineering and technology heritage to create beautiful data visualisation and an exceptional user experience to bring your facility to life,” he said. 

FACILITYtwin is part of Beca’s growing suite of digital products that connect businesses with their assets, operations and their most valued resource of all – their people. Beca’s products are supported in 100 countries with our clients in the life science, energy and FMCG sectors. 

At Beca, we design and optimise assets and infrastructure to make everyday better for our clients and communities. Beca is passionate about continuously evolving our digital products to increase value for clients. Our people are thinkers, creators, planners and practitioners who work together to provide innovative solutions to the complex problems faced by our clients. 

For more information on FACILITYtwin visit our Beca Digital page for even more practical yet simple asset management and productivity solutions.

You can also find us in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace here!

See also July 2020