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Digital Twins: Bridging the Physical and Virtual Worlds

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Digital Twins: Bridging the Physical and Virtual Worlds

Today, industries and organisations are using “digital twins” more than ever before – including the architecture, engineering and construction industries. Perhaps, then, it is no surprise to hear about the beta launch of Autodesk Tandem – a platform to create a digital twin for smarter operations.

What is a “digital twin”? Simply put, it’s the perfect digital replica of an asset, object, process or system in the physical world. Working alongside Internet of Things (IoT) technology and harnessing Building Information Modelling (BIM), the digital twin captures data through a project’s lifecycle, and possesses operational and behavioural awareness. It allows you to quickly simulate conditions by collecting sensor data, which means running more accurate what-if scenarios, making better predictions and decisions, delivering rich insights, and allowing stakeholders to collaborate more efficiently and profitably.

There are already some fascinating uses of digital twin technologies:

  • Singapore: The entire Singapore city region was replicated into a digital twin, providing the ability to predict disasters, manage town planning more efficiently, and enhance energy efficiency.
  • Renewable energy sector: Digital twins have been used to model and improve the operational efficiency and lifespans of wind farms.
  • UK: A digital twin of Newcastle in the UK is currently in the works. The twin will allow testing of Newcastle’s readiness of flooding and emergency situations, as well as modelling population growth.

What do you think about digital twins? The latest fad, or something to work towards?