Influence of Industry 4.0 Framework in Capital Energy Projects

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Edwin Hernan Ramirez-Asis, Misael Erikson Maguiña-Palma, Nelson Francisco Cruz-Castillo, Ricardo Cayo Castillejo-Melgarejo, Rosario Mercedes Huerta-Soto, Joseph Darwin Alvarado-Tolentino


The Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0) is the current development of the digitized industry owing to information exchange and computerization. Digital transformation of businesses has become widespread among corporates over the past decade; however, the movement of adopting new technology platforms had not seen a significant boost until the force majeure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic since early 2020. With oil prices at a record low and declining energy demand owing to the pandemic, the energy industry is currently facing its greatest challenge. Owing to these events, the need to navigate disruptions effectively and bring innovative thinking to the forefront has further accelerated, and quality management is not an exception in this transformation. Industry 4.0 empowers the digital transformation of quality systems in many organizations and pushes toward eliminating traditional paper-based quality management system. However, quality movement in capital energy projects has not picked up the pace, unlike other business sectors. While most literature summarizes Industry 4.0 in 12 technological areas, in this article, the author aims to open a window for predicting how digitization can impact quality management in capital energy projects with the focus on six technologies:(a) artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data; (b) blockchain; (c) augmented reality;(d) remote visual inspection;(e) three-dimensionallaser scanning and digital profiling; and (f) 3D printing.

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