28 Sep 2023
Building Management Systems (BMS) have long been the gold standard in controlling and monitoring a building's mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical services. These systems streamline operations, allowing facility managers to oversee everything from HVAC to lighting to security systems. However, a new technology has emerged that pushes the boundaries of building management even further – the digital twin.
A BMS is essentially an overarching control system responsible for the automatic regulation of non-GMP facilities. It provides a centralised control of building automation, enabling lifetime efficiency by allowing monitoring, control, and optimisation of building performance. The principal aim of a BMS is to simplify operations, making it easier to manage, monitor, and improve.
The concept of a digital twin takes building management to the next level. A digital twin is a virtual representation of a physical entity – in this case, a building. This technology allows users to have a more accurate and detailed view of real-time conditions within a building.
Unlike a traditional BMS, a digital twin can identify issues and predict future outcomes without the need for simulation.
By integrating multiple operational functions into a single platform, a digital twin provides a holistic view of the building's operations. It communicates with all of the equipment and systems in the building, providing a comprehensive picture that is more nuanced and detailed than what a BMS can offer.
The benefits of using a digital twin over a BMS are manifold.
In conclusion, while a BMS has served the building industry well, the advent of digital twins represents a significant leap forward. By offering a more detailed, accurate, and holistic view of building operations, digital twins are set to revolutionise the way we manage and operate our buildings.
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