Best practice examples
The manufacturing sector have been using data to optimise their processes for decades, highlights Peter El Hajj. They have mature systems of information management, software management, ontologies and means to describe the physical world in a sophisticated model as well. The Digital Twin hub[hyperlink: digitaltwinhub.co.uk] is a global community of people sharing information, updates, experience and initiatives with digital twins. CReDo is a climate resilience demonstrator project for connected system-of-system digital twins. It is a partnership between Anglian Water, British Telecoms and the UK power network, and provides a fascinating example of data sharing, benefits assessment, security considerations and data modelling.
For those wishing to embark on a journey, there exists an inexpensive route and entry point in the form a collaborative workshop, advises Bola Abisogun. ‘The Digital Twin collaborative workshop tool is one of the most exciting developments I can think of to lead us into a new era of combining the physical and digital worlds to make all this happen. The collaborative workshop fills a much-needed space for organisations to align the concept and their ambition for a digital twin with a wider context and strategy by getting the required cross-organisational representation and senior team on board.’
Glodon has various examples, advises Pierpaolo Franco. There’s an interesting case of a digital twin island, and parts of cities such as Hainan, where a residential area of the city is being develop as a ‘sponge’ city.
There are some great national initiatives going on around the world, explains Cristina Savian. In Australia, the government is mandating digital twins. Over 35 million AUD is being spent in Victoria on a digital twin for the state. New tenders in Australia are requiring digital twins, from new metro trains to utilities. The other example is in the middle east, in Dubai. It has been recently developing a city-wide Digital Twin, which has also won recent awards.