In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Big Data, the construction industry cannot allow itself to fall back.
The concept of Digital Twins, virtual replicas of a physical device that can be used to run simulations to optimise them for peak efficiency and look at what-if scenarios, is being applied in different sectors.
Familiar with the concept of Intelligent Buildings and the development of Smart Cities plans, digital twins of buildings can be the missing link that connects the plethora of data that will become common in the near future.
The wins that can be obtained, not only in terms of energy and carbon savings, but also affecting the health and wellbeing of building users, are very significant.
Digital Twins represent the natural evolution of the current thermal modelling pieces of software we have been using for years, leaving their little caves in office computers and venturing into the real world to offer not just estimated or comparative performances but real tangible results in real life and on a daily (hourly, etc.) basis.
They will never match though the happiness that the smiles of my little twin daughters bring me everyday!
A digital twin of a building responds to real-world data by producing predictions through simulation, AI, machine learning and data analysis techniques. This is the key difference between a digital twin and a BIM model, a question often asked within the industry.