Digital Twin in Construction - Features & Applications

Digital twin technology comes under the IoT(Internet of Things) category, which involves the principle of creating a digital twin of a building asset. The technology aims at creating an exact replica of an asset or structure to be built. 

Features of Digital Twin in Construction

The digital twin of any structure or asset has the following features:

  1. A digital twin is responsive to any extra data or changes supplied to it.
  2. Hence, a digital twin of a structure is not a static model.
  3. A digital twin simulates and predicts informed decisions based on real-world conditions of the building.
  4. A digital twin is not a one-and-done exercise. For one project, the digital twin may be found simple, while for another it is more mature and requires more enhanced simulations.

Framework for the implementation of Digital Twin in construction

From the start to the end of a cycle of an asset, the digital twin of the same asset continues to grow and provide new insights. These insights are the key factors for better ROI, energy savings, maintenance, and performance.

Hence, the digital twin for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) is a dynamic, up-to-date replica of a physical asset or set of assets. It brings together the design, construction, and operational data of various fields of construction, like buildings, cities, railways, bridges, etc.

Applications of Digital Twins in the Construction Industry

  • Automated progress monitoring of the daily works
  • Monitor the ambient temperature and humidity of the working spaces
  • Use data from building management systems (BMS) and failure/maintenance logs to optimize maintenance planning.
  • Allocating resources by prioritization of the maintenance tasks
  • Energy planning at an urban level for achieving low carbon output.
  • Data from digital twins used for emergency and crisis planning and managing assets.
  • Monitor the construction workforce in real-time

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