Digital twin technology is one of the most exciting technologies to emerge for a generation and it is beginning to become more prevalent in a variety of industries such as manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, retail and construction. Read on to learn about some frequently asked questions around digital twins.
A digital twin is a virtual replica of a physical entity. There are two key features that make up every digital twin.
Digital twin technology can be used in a range of scenarios to benefit buildings. One of its key features is that it can replicate real-world processes to collect data enabling us to predict how they will perform in real time.
A digital twin integrates the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve business outcomes as well as driving innovation and improving performance.
Although digital twins have existed for decades in certain industries, they have become more relevant than ever due to their accessibility and affordability. On its smallest scale, a digital twin can mirror specific materials and reactions while a more ambitious use of a twin could see it monitor the activities of an entire city.
Digital twins link to their physical twins via sensors connected to the systems of assets within it. In the built environment, a fully coordinated 3D digital model is created during the construction process. Once a project is completed, a model is handed over to the building owners or developers – often never to be used again.
Twinview allows building owners and operators to utilise this data by providing real-time analytical insights from connected assets, sensors and systems in an operational building. This can be viewed in a 3D model, on 2D sheets or via a unique reporting dashboard.
A survey carried out by Gartner found that organisations that implement IoT are already using digital twins (13%) or plan to use it within a year (62%).
Digital twins have the ability to improve a companies’ data-driven decision-making processes. As they are linked to their real-world counterpart, businesses use digital twins to better understand the state of their physical asset, respond to changes, improve operations and add value to the systems.
The benefits associated with digital twins differ depending on when and where they are used. Below are some of the most common within the built environment.