digital twins

How will BIM evolve in 2021?

Source: BIM Today – BIM News Building information modelling (BIM) is one area where 2020 promised a lot that didn’t materialise as expected, Frank Weiss, senior director of new products at Oracle Construction and Engineering explores how BIM will shift in 2021 The disruption experienced last year by many industries has been unprecedented. In construction, the impact has ranged from ongoing projects being paused, to project starts being delayed, to stalled progress around the evolution of some construction practices. I’ve teamed up with two peers at buildingSMART International – Leon van Berlo, technical director, and Aidan Mercer, marketing director – to explore how BIM will shift in 2021 and how this will help the industry to move forward. By bringing the industry together, buildingSMART plays a critical role in making the challenges, opportunities, and considerations around BIM more visible by facilitating discussion to help drive …

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Computational design helps deliver Australia’s largest sustainable tower

3D BIM modelling and a digital twin are supporting the delivery of 6-8 Parramatta Square, part of one of the biggest sustainable urban revitalisation projects in Australia As part of Western Sydney’s urban renewal initiative, the redevelopment of Parramatta Square will revitalise Australia’s second-oldest city centre to create a vibrant, cosmopolitan precinct. The area will span three hectares and offer 290,000 sq m of premium office space and residential, retail and civic facilities. At the heart of this urbanisation effort are 6 & 8 Parramatta Square, with 8 Parramatta Square set to be Australia’s largest commercial tower at 55 storeys and 243m in height. The A$600m iconic project will broaden the city skyline and incorporate cutting-edge, sustainable, world-class design, reflecting the highest standards of global architecture. Award-winning architectural firm Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW) is the lead design firm collaborating with …

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Digital Twin Concept Spreads into Smart City Environments

Photo by The Lazy Artist Gallery from Pexels According to the latest research from ABI Research, the installed base of digital twin and city modelling deployments is expected to grow from just a handful of early implementations in 2019 to more than 500 by 2025. “Originally developed for industrial systems, the digital twin concept is now spreading to the smart cities environment,” says Dominique Bonte, vice president for End Markets at ABI Research. “However, it won’t be a single Uber-like digital twin for an entire city but rather an aggregation and integration of domain-specific digital twins for systems like smart buildings, traffic infrastructure, energy grids, and water management.” Bonte pointed out that the digital twin concept and the urban modelling paradigm are transforming how cities are designed, monitored, and managed. They allow optimising the holistic performance of cities across verticals …

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Bentley Systems Accelerates Focus on Infrastructure Engineering for Digital Cities

The City of Helsinki leveraged Bentley’s reality modeling software to generate a 3D representation of Helsinki as part of its smart city initiative, improving internal services and processes. Advancing BIM and GIS through 4D Digital Twins The Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, presented its new digital cities initiatives, applying digital twins for more efficient city and regional operations and for more connected and resilient infrastructure. Digital twins converge assets’ 4D-surveyed and engineering representations to enable new collaborative digital workflows to serving planners and engineers in public works, utilities, property management and development, and city stakeholders. Digital twin cloud services provide an intuitive and immersive 4D environment converging digital context and digital components with digital chronology …

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A digital replica for Hong Kong Science Park

Digital twin campus initiative drives smart facilities management for Hong Kong Science Park Location of the digital twin: Hong Kong Project team: Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation & Chain Technology Development Completion: 2018 As a statutory body dedicated to building a vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) spearheads the Hong Kong Science Park (HKSP), providing an environment for organisations to foster innovative technology development throughout the region. The HKSP, a campus hosting 350 technology companies located along the Tolo Harbor waterfront, houses 21 state-of-the-art buildings covering 3.5m sq ft and still expanding. The technology clusters contribute to devising innovative solutions for a smart city. It is positioned to be a smart campus that is used by forward-looking smart city initiatives as a test bed and a living lab. “We aim to collect valuable data to …

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7 Amazing Examples of Digital Twin Technology In Practice

Forbes.com | By: Bernard Marr Wouldn’t it be extraordinary to simulate plans or build what-if scenarios for the products, facilities, and processes you wished to change before you actually put real-world resources behind real-world implementation? That’s the promise of digital twins. And, many businesses and industries are taking advantage of this promise as these 7 amazing examples of digital twin technology illustrate. What is a digital twin?  As an exact digital replica of something in the physical world, digital twins are made possible thanks to Internet of Things (IoT) sensors that gather data from the physical world and send it to machines to reconstruct. While the concept of a digital twin has been around since 2002 when Michael Grieves at the University of Michigan first used the terminology, it was IoT technology that made it affordable and accessible to many more …

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Construction firms need to up their game to go digital, new research reveals

Infrastructure Intelligence | By: Andy Walker New research has unveiled that almost half (44.3%) of businesses in the construction industry have limited or no insight into company or project performance. Professionals working in the sector are either not collecting data or are collecting it manually instead of digitally, says the report, Unlock the Benefits of Going Digital in Construction. The research conducted by Bentley Systems, the design, construction, and infrastructure software provider, of more than 720 construction professionals across the world also found that less than half (43.5%) of workers said they have no digital capabilities for collaboration or that their information is either paper-based or siloed. The impact of this is significant, as analysis from Mace, a global construction consultancy, recently found that almost 80% of large construction projects experience cost or programme overruns and that if project delivery does …

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