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Multiple wins for Higgins in Nextspace digital twins trial
Accessing plant data difficult and time-consuming before Nextspace
Higgins came to Nextspace with a problem: the documentation for their plants was too large and difficult to work with. Breakdowns within the plant were costing them too much in time, effort and money. Additionally, generating data analytical capability was limited.
Plant & Process
New Zealand & Fiji
CAD / KML / Point Clouds
Digital twin model
Higgins is a leading manufacturer of bitumen-based products, bitumen equipment and road signage. They provide rural and urban road maintenance throughout New Zealand and Fiji. They also design and build major infrastructure projects including wind farms, airport runways and port hardstand container infrastructure.
It took me 5 minutes to start using it and about 30 minutes to train up colleagues in other departments, in order to integrate their data.
James Papple, Business Analyst Higgins
Nextspace opens up data visualization from the macro to the micro
Higgins worked with Nextspace to help with developing a digital twin of their recently built polymer-modified bitumen plant. Following the project, they were amazed at the ability to access very detailed data in Nextspace.
The depths and benefits of Nextspace have been huge and unexpected. The details of the plant parts, the types of data we could integrate, what we could visualize and how we could visualize it, seems to be endless.
They’re now considering a business case to create an accurate and highly detailed asset register of all of their plants right throughout New Zealand and Fiji.
Time and cost savings follow
Higgins has found maintaining their plant to be much easier, faster and cost efficient. Additionally, Nextspace has provided Higgins with new insights and highly flexible analytical capabilities.
Digital twins employed for health & safety and onboarding of new staff
Higgins has also earmarked their digital twins for use in health & safety programs and new staff inductions. They see this as significantly reducing risk for staff when they are new and learning, and realized they can easily introduce VR simulation training.
The Nextspace game changers for Higgins
Ease of use and setup of the Nextspace platform
The ability to access and register very detailed plant and process data, down to specific parts
Visualization of their data for easy access by their team at all levels
Maintenance of the plant has become much easier, faster and more cost efficient
Access to new insights and highly flexible analytical capabilities
Additional use for health & safety, and new staff inductions