On Thursday 12 March 2020, the kick-off meeting was held for the 3D Model Specification proposed by USPI. Ca 40 people attended the 2 hour web conference, including most major owner operators and EPCs, as well as several software suppliers, service providers and knowledge institutes.
The objective of the 3D Model Specification project is to create a practical specification to be used by Owner Operators in the contracts with EPCs that can optimize the return on the investment in a 3D model. The specification should capture current best practice of Owner Operators to optimize the value of the 3D model throughout the execution of a capital project and subsequently in the operate phase. The specification shall enable the creation of a digital twin, allowing real time data to be projected upon the 3D model. The specification will in the first instance be applicable to proprietary 3D modelling systems, but may evolve into a neutral format over time.
At the kick-off meeting, we reviewed the terms of reference of the 3D specification, clarified questions and identified parties wishing to participate in the project. We also discussed topics related to the organization and direction of the project, including meeting frequency, project execution method, IP protection and initial scope.
There was a lively discussion about 3D modeling and Digital Twins, confirming considerable interest in the subject and identifying a broad range of actual use cases for a standard that would be of interest to the organizations participating in the call.
Given the interest shown by the participants in the meeting USPI will progress to kick off the initiative as a formal standardization project. The plan for 2020 is to deliver a minimum viable produce 3D specification based on the best practices in the current 3D specifications of the participating companies. Subsequently additional scope will be identified and prioritized by the participants, working in an agile project approach to produce defined deliverables within foreseeable time-horizons.
If you and your organization are working on standardization and would like to learn more about USPI and its projects, please check the website https://uspi.nl/ or contact the Project Director.