Digital Twins in Construction
Improving the integration of digital twins by creating a common data language.
Digital twins use live data to create a virtual model of a building. In complicated projects, they give supply chain confidence that they are all working from the same information, and can help make predictions about how a building will perform in the real world. But digital twins aren't used consistently in construction. Professor Sergio de Cesare at University of Westminster interviewed leading construction firms and SMEs to understand why. One of the barriers he uncovered is that the flow of data is interrupted when it comes from different sources or systems - essentially the data isn't consistent or speaking the same language. His team has developed a methodology that can help organisations apply a common foundations to their data at the very start of a project to improve consistency and make it easier to integrate digital twins. His work is feeding into the data mapping of entire cities through the National Digital Twin programme.
Innovation type: Digital, Process
Organisation type: Construction tier 1 contractors, Innovative SME, Private sector client, Research centre