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Dassault Systèmes virtual twins encompass whole environment

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Dassault Systèmes DELMIA worldwide rail industry expert Cameron Collie was on hand at AusRAIL PLUS to help promote the company’s data information products and virtual twins.  

Since 1997, Dassault Systèmes, through its DELMIA Quintiq brand, has been providing rail operators around the world with data solutions to model, plan and optimise their business operations from end to end. 

The software is used to plan and optimise complex production value networks, maximise intricate logistics operations, and plan and schedule large, geographically diverse workforces. 

As well, interest was strong in Dassault’s well-known capabilities around 3D digital modelling and virtual twin technologies. 

“We’ve had quite a bit of traffic at AusRAIL, especially because the range of offerings from Dassault is so broad,” he said. 

“We’re seeing rail service delivery operators very keen on the Quintic technologies, for example Queensland Rail and Sydney Trains. 

“They also look at the broader Dassault capability, with virtual twins a major area of focus. There’s a whole swathe of capabilities within our space.” 

Collie said the virtual twin model was holistic.  

“We do not offer digital twins, which is static. We use a dynamic model to improve operational efficiency of rail operations. It’s a dynamic world, that’s why we call it virtual twin,” he said. 

“There are six key elements. The first one is systems modelling of rail, both infrastructure as well as rolling stock.  

“The second step is collaboration among all the actors within the organisation across the value chain.  

“Then we have optimisation: sustainable asset management in rail offers the opportunity to finely calibrate manpower, ensuring the right personnel are deployed precisely where they’re needed.  

“The fourth important step is execution of day-of-operation management. Virtual twins provide a clear-cut visibility for any operator to improve efficiency because all the issues are on the day of operation. This is where virtual trains really come into picture. 

“Fifthly, sustainability. We use simulation and system of systems modelling, through which we are able to monitor carbon footprint management: the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle are inbuilt into the system through systems engineering. 

“And finally, innovation. By creating virtual twin experiences of the real world with our 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, our customers can redefine the creation, production and life-cycle-management processes of their offer and thus have a meaningful impact to make the world more sustainable. “