Digital twin

Digital twin thinking
Digital twin thinking brings value in the idea that a holistic approach to managing digital representations of physical assets as a whole is far more valuable than the sum of its constituent parts. Creating a digital replica of a physical building that actually behaves like a real structure and provides crucial information on real-life performance, can enable us to better understand how our buildings are performing and simulate how they may perform in the future.

Buildings use 40% of global energy
Current trends of urbanisation suggest that two-thirds of the people on the planet will be living in urban centers by 2050. Improving the energy efficiency of a building stock helps in creating a zero carbon city or community because buildings are responsible for around 40% of global energy use and around one-third of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Any building is part of a complex network of services for energy, water, waste management, transport and telecommunications.

What Is a Digital Twin?
A digital twin can be defined as a realistic digital representation of a real-world asset or group of assets in the built environment. What distinguishes a digital twin from any other digital model is its connection to its physical twin. NGH believes in the power of digitalization. Building Information Modeling (B.I.M.) enables us to construct an asset digitally before stepping on site, so that we can build faster, safer, and greener with less disruption. We have developed digital capability to enhance construction enabling us to simulate all aspects of construction from digital design to structured integrity and user preferences.

As sensors become smaller and more affordable, the ability to gather, process and communicate information increases. Sensors connected to the physical product collect and send data back to the digital twin. The use of sensors for clean air, moisture, temperature or signaling the need for inspection and maintenance improves the quality of living and reduces costs. All the (technical) data is stored in one place, a virtual place.

Sources:
Creating Zero Carbon Communities: The Role of Digital Twins – Navigant Research – (2019)
Digital twins for the built environment. An introduction to the opportunities, benefits, challenges and risks – The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – (2019)