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Aveva develops digital walk-through for Eaton’s experience centre in Houston


May 19, 2016
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May 19, 2016 – Power management company Eaton has announced a collaboration with engineering software provider Aveva in an effort to improve the visitor experience at the company’s Experience Center in Houston, Texas.

Aveva and its subsidiary company, LFM Software, created a Digital Asset of the facility, which it says enables visitors to “easily access” information about Eaton’s solutions in each application environment through a digital walk-through.
 
Working with local service providers, Aveva captured laser scans of the experience centre and consolidated the data to develop the Digital Asset, which is accessible to visitors through tablet devices or desktop computers. Aveva says it is providing secure, on-demand access to the laser scans via LFM NetView, allowing visitors to view a survey-accurate virtual representation of the experience centre.
 
“The Eaton Experience Center – Houston provides a multitude of hands-on training experiences in application environments, including a petrochemical refinery, an upstream drilling and production rig, and a power quality lab with real-time demonstrations,” said Patrik Edahl, senior vice-president, Regional Operations Americas, Aveva. “The Digital Asset of the facility makes it possible for visitors to interact with each area of the facility in a virtual, three-dimensional environment, and further highlights Eaton’s products and services in each location.”
 
The Digital Asset is part of a broader upgrade of the centre’s industrial application solutions. In March 2016, the facility launched a simulated upstream drilling and production rig, hands-on lab, power quality lab, and pump jack demonstrations, expanding hands-on capabilities and live product training opportunities from power generation to consumption.
 
“Aveva’s leading engineering software is a unique solution and an excellent complement to the demonstrations available throughout the Experience Center,” said Allan Clark, manager, Houston Experience Center, Eaton. “The digital walk-through showcases both Eaton’s products and Aveva’s solutions in a real-world, hands-on learning environment.”