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Helping the Energy Industry Achieve Digital Transformation Through AI

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In this 8-weeks challenge, 50 AI changemakers collaborator to help to automatize site schemas in the energy industry building through Computer Vision.

The Problem

Large Industrial facilities in the Energy industry use different information systems to store technical information about their facilities. These documents capture information about the design, inspection, maintenance, and operations of energy plants.

One of such documents is called the Piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID), which is a diagram to graphically display a complete system. It includes all connectivity between piping, instruments, valves, and equipment that are present in the system. This document plays a key role in carrying out the daily operations of the facility.

As most of these P&ID documents are currently present only in paper format, they are not interpretable by computers. Hence in this challenge, we will work on building computer vision models for automating the conversion of the P&ID documents to their digital format. This will include detection of different symbols, texts, lines, and their export into computer-readable XML-based format (DEXPI standard derived from ISO 15926).

In this challenge, we will work on building Digital Twins for Large Industrial Facilities. The solution will be integrated into their product for automatic generation of Smart P&IDs from Images and/or PDFs.

The Project Goals

  • Detection and localization of different symbols present in a P&ID.  List of symbols which majorly fall in these categories:
    • Line symbols
    • Valve symbols
    • Piping symbols (tees, flanges, reducers, etc)
    • Pumps symbols
    • Vessels symbols
    • Tanks symbols
    • Instrumentation symbols
  • Use of OCR for detection of Tag numbers and then associating them with their respective symbols.
  • Detection of lines that correspond to Pipes and Cables. Mapping them with their LineID number.
Figure: Example P&ID diagram

Figure: Example P&ID diagram

Reference for reading Symbols, Lines, and TagNumber encoding:

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Good English

A very good grasp in computer science and/or mathematics

Student, (aspiring) data scientist, (senior) ML engineer, data engineer, or domain expert (no need for AI expertise)

Programming experience with Python

Understanding of Computer Vision, Object Detection and/or OCR.

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