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MSc. presentation by L. Gardebrand: The versatility of virtual models - A practical case of virtual commissioning

Virtual commissioning illustrated


From: 2022-06-14 10:15 to 11:00
Place: IKDC in room DC:467 and Microsoft Teams
Contact: anders [dot] robertsson [at] control [dot] lth [dot] se
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Lucas Gardebrand defends his Master's thesis.

Where: IKDC in room DC:467 and on Microsoft Teams: link
When: 14th of June, 10:15-11:00
Authors: Lucas Gardebrand
Title: The versatility of virtual models - A practical case of virtual commissioning
Advisors: Anders Robertsson
Examiner: Charlotta Johnsson
Opponents: Ronja Bjerstedt och Cassandra Evertsson


The versatility of virtual models - A practical case of virtual commissioning


The commissioning phase is the last phase of a construction project when all subsystems come together to be tested as a whole, working as a single entity. This phase is often the most crucial and time-sensitive part of the project as the construction occupies space in the factory and inflicts downtime in processes without adding value. Faults found in this phase can be time-consuming to correct and exhausting for the integra­tor who has to work intensely over extended periods. A few software changes might solve minor faults, but finding a major design fault at this stage could be catastrophic.

Virtual commissioning can reduce these risks by enabling tests to be made earlier and continuously during the project in a more agile man­ner. Robots and PLC-code can be run together through emulations, and the cell's behaviour can be verified. Any issues that arise can calmly be resolved in the office, far away from the stressful commissioning on a tight schedule and busy factory floor. On the day of the physical commissioning, the tests should give the last confirmation of the coher­ence with the virtual model. The models used for the virtual commissioning can be used in earlier project phases. They can be used for layout planning, presentation aid, operator training and evaluating proposed process changes.

This thesis investigates, analyzes and practically applies the concept of virtual commissioning and the use of virtual models connected to it.