What is a Digital Twin?
A digital twin is an exact copy of a physical object or process in digital/virtual form. Creating a digital twin involves a collaborative effort between any or all of the following: IoT (Internet of Things), reality capture, software integration, and artificial intelligence. The result is a structural tool the A/E/C industry can use to determine the current, potential, and future state of the original object. A digital twin has the power to transform a standard 3D model from a mere visualization to reality.
How Digital Twins Impact the Construction Industry
Simply put, a digital Twin makes the BIM process smarter; Streamline your project by adding accurate, key data to a 3D model such as the current position and condition of a building or object. This in turn can create a more valuable deliverable to enhance the bidding process and entice current and prospective clients.
Get as close to predicting the future as possible – Through the use of AI (artificial intelligence) programs, a Digital Twin can continuously update as a project progresses in real time. This not only elevates field to office communication, it also makes it much easier to avoid costly errors during a project’s progress and allows for the overall improvement of productivity. In the case of restoration or preservation projects, a digital twin can be the crucial element that makes it a true success.
A Digital Twin Use Case
Recently, RPG’s Professional Services team worked with Mason and Hanger on a special project during COVID-19 restrictions. A Digital Twin was included as a deliverable for this project. Read more about this case study HERE.