PE Live Podcast: Digital Twins - the Gateway to Autonomous Industrial Facilities (III)


Welcome to PE Live Podcast's new series "Digital Twins - the Gateway to Autonomous Industrial Facilities" in association with Hexagon. The third episode "Harbour Energy – Implementation of digital twins to support operations and collaborative sustaining engineering" is hosted by Adrian Park, Vice President Pre-Sales - EMIA, Hexagon, in conversation with Harbour Energy’s James Sitter, VP for Modifications and Project Services and James Buchan, Technical Data Team Lead.


Harbour Energy is the largest independent oil and gas company operating on the UKCS and has interests in Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico and Norway. The company has grown through mergers and acquisition of assets from other operators resulting in a diverse portfolio of engineering systems with variable information quality. In 2021, an initiative was launched to establish a digital twin solution covering their UK operated assets to enable value creation through the use of shared and collaborative platform for engineering, operational, and project data.


In this episode, they will examine the background for their digital twin initiative, what has been achieved to date and how the platform will now be actively used to ensure collaborative execution of sustaining engineering projects across the value chain and the business benefits expected. Plans to move beyond the digital twin towards achieving autonomy through a Smart Digital Reality will also be explored.


Meet the Speakers


Adrian Park

Vice President Pre-Sales - EMIA


Adrian has over 40 years’ experience working in the process industries and joined Hexagon Asset Lifecycle Intelligence (ALI) 16 years ago from the Norwegian owner operator Equinor where he was engaged for 16 years and served as an Advisor in technical information management responsible for the implementation of applications and processes for asset lifecycle information management. In Hexagon ALI he serves as Vice President for Presales covering the Europe, Middle East, India and Africa region. Adrian has also previously worked for EPC contractor Davy McKee based in the UK, and ABB and Cap Gemini in Norway.

James Sitter

VP, Modifications and Project Services

Harbour Energy

Experienced professional with over 20 years in upstream, midstream, and chemical industries. James has held senior roles across operations, engineering, project development, and project delivery for assets based in North America, East Asia and the UK. His current focus is project delivery and project management systems in the UKCS oil & gas sector, including the digital transformation of engineering and construction processes.

James Buchan

Technical Data Team Lead

Harbour Energy

Experienced Engineering Degree qualified professional with over 30 years in upstream Oil & Gas industry. James has held various information management roles including within projects and operations. His current focus is operations and projects information management including managing the digital transformation of engineering design, construction, commissioning, operations handover, and operational work processes.


This is the third episode of the PE Live Podcast series, Digital Twins - the Gateway to Autonomous Industrial Facilities, in association with Hexagon. Stay tuned for the new episodes.

Thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy it.

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