The Benefits of AR

While the ARDI server is intended to provide asset information to all levels of your business, Augmented Reality is the client specifically designed for field personnel.

When provided with accurate, clear information, site personnel can make better, safer and more well-informed decisions.

It’s specific advantages are…

Improved Efficiency

By delivering all of the information to the user quickly and easily, you can realise significant efficiency improvements during maintenance and breakdown tasks.

Staff or contractors on site….

  • Can confirm the identity of the asset they are looking at.
  • Don’t have to interact with the control room for live information or re-locate to nearby HMI displays.
  • Don’t have to be trained in multiple different software systems in order to get information.
  • Can view live or historial trends in at any time, in the field.
  • Are aware of what assets are connected to this one – not only physically, but also logically
  • Can receive zero-energy or isolation feedback (although manual testing should always still occur)
  • Are made aware of alerts on the asset they are looking at, and also upstream assets that may effect it.
  • Can make adjustments in the field and get immediate feedback on the outcomes

Improved Safety

Every step a person has to take to access proper safety or procedural documentation is yet-another reason not to bother – which means that when safe work procedures are updated, staff continue to use the old procedures, or worse they don’t follow any at all.

ARDI-AR allows you to deliver the latest safety and procedural documentation directly to the person in the field – they can even fill in forms and submit them electronically. Because ARDI can source these documents directly from your Document Management System, they are always up-to-date and relevant.

It tears down the hurdles that separate people from the documentation that keeps them safe.

This means that users…

  • Have a single, easy step to access the latest documentation.
  • Don’t need to be trained in the document management systems.
  • Don’t need to return to the control room or filing system to get procedures.
  • Can submit forms and documentation in a paperless environment.

Live Data

Live data represents the most recent available information about a measurement or or other property of an asset that changes over time.

Examples of live measurements include…

  • Temperature
  • Pressure
  • Level
  • Location

These can be sourced from a range of knowledge-capture systems, including (but not limited to)…

  • Direct from Field Devices
  • IoT Platforms
  • Flat Files (Text/CSV/Excel)
  • Databases
  • Industrial Historians

Location and Connections

While most sites have quality documentation for how assets are connected – electrical and piping diagrams among them – very few sites maintain quality records of where an asset actually is. Location is one of the poorest-documented, yet vital pieces of information found on sites around the world.

Along with all of the other data that ARDI integrates, it understands two properties of your assets that most other systems don’t – location and relationships.

This means that it can pass on the extremely valuable knowledge of where an asset is, both in terms of it’s physical location, and in terms of where it resides in the various process flows and architectures of your plant.

One source that not only tells you where to find it on a map, but where it gets its power, where it gets compressed air, where it sends media and even what instruments directly control it.

Capturing this knowledge has significant benefits for technicians, contractors and all types of field personnel.


ARDI then uses this information to add value to your existing data.

The connections are used to pass information between assets. If you’re looking at an instrument that is on a compressed air line, you can see the temperature and pressure delivered from upstream sensors without having to find them yourself.

Having a problem with a device? ARDI shows you upstream alarms – alerts that are coming from other assets that might be causing issues. If a drive isn’t working, you can quickly see that the circuit breaker is tripped. Machine not starting? See the alert that tells you the network router it’s connected to has failed.

Feedback from Snowy Hydro

A powerful component of the system is the Asset Relationship Data Integration (ARDI) service that relates assets together with user-defined relationships. The information is available at your fingertips in a contextualised way whilst being on site at the particular asset.

Feedback from Snowy Hydro

Technicians … discovered the value of using the system from their own phone and saw that it would be of particular benefit with calibration of instrumentation, fault-finding, cross referencing of like information across multiple units and monitoring the condition of the assets

Feedback from Snowy Hydro

New people to the business including apprentices and Technicians appreciated having full access to point of truth data without needing to know how to navigate complex control systems and Historian software packages.

Integration

ARDI consolidates all of your asset data into one place.

This includes…

Placing all this data in one place is a huge efficiency benefit to all operations, maintenance and field personnel. It not only makes it easy to find, but by having a single consistent interface and login, there’s no need to train staff in a variety of different information management systems.


NOTE Sections in italics are provided as examples only – ARDI is not limited to accessing only these types of data-sources