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Hexagon partners with computing giant NVIDIA to transform industrial digital twins

by Liam Turner
A man interacting with a digital world via a VR headset

Global digital reality solutions firm Hexagon AB has announced a collaboration with computing giant NVIDIA to enable industrial digital twin solutions that unite reality capture, manufacturing twins, AI, simulation, and visualisation.

The collaboration will seek to connect industry-leading technologies from Hexagon – a company that combines sensors, software, and autonomous technologies – and NVIDIA to enable multi-user workflows through a unified view for factory planning and design, as well as process quality optimisation and operations. 

As part of the collaboration, Hexagon’s HxDR reality capture platform and Nexus manufacturing platform will be connected to NVIDIA Omniverse, a platform for developing and operating industrial metaverse applications, based on the Universal Scene Description (USD) framework.

The partners say the connected platforms will provide complementary technologies that enable customers to advance manufacturing for digital factories and accelerate the use of digital twins for intelligent cities, construction, and infrastructure.

‘Next wave’

Paolo Guglielmini, president and CEO at Hexagon, said: “Our Hexagon innovation team has been working with NVIDIA to develop opportunities that unite reality capture, AI, simulation, data analysis, and visualisation with seamless collaborative planning platforms.

“With NVIDIA technologies and Hexagon’s Smart Digital Realities, our solutions will deliver real-time comparisons of real- and virtual-world models.”

Rev Lebaredian, vice-president of Omniverse and Simulation Technology at NVIDIA, said: “Every industry is racing to digitalise their physical processes for the next wave of advanced automation.

“In collaboration with Hexagon, we’ll bridge the gap between the real and virtual worlds — a prerequisite for building digital twins — allowing us to train robots in virtual worlds and bring autonomy to everything that moves.”

NVIDIA’s stock price has been on a tear of late, partly thanks to the renewed hype around AI.

The company is now valued at more than $1tr, making it the sixth most valuable in the world – just behind Amazon.

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