Industry 4.0. The main development directions of digitalization in refinery

DOI 10.32758/2071-5951-2020-0-01-06-14

Kapustin V. M., Khakimov R. V.

(Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (National Research University) E-mail:

Индустрия 4.0. Основные направления развития цифровизации в нефтеперерабатывающей отрасли

Keywords: industry 4.0, digitalization, automation, oil refining, information systems, BIM, digital asset, digital double, VR, AR, artificial intelligence, Internet of things, big data, Big Data, industrial Internet of things, connected production, connected plant.


The article examined and explained the most widely used big data technologies used in oil and gas companies primarily in the Downstream sector, briefly described various methods of analysis and processing of large amounts of engineering data. The goals and objectives of the comprehensive improvement of technologies and methods for controlling oil refining and petrochemical processes that are capable of improving the quality of production products and their effectiveness on the basis of modern information management methods are described. The advantages of using digital twins are indicated, which gradually allow to achieve a significant increase in economic efficiency both at the level of individual investment and construction projects, and at the level of the company as a whole. Various examples of the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies are considered. The concept of “digital factory” (“connected plant”) is described.


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