Urbanizing Smart Cities With Digital Twins

Digital twin (DT) is a rapidly growing concept that has gained traction as it can improve product designs, optimize performance at an industrial level, and create proactive maintenance services. This upgrading technology has started taking shape on an entirely new and different scale as it has become the pillar for futuristic smart cities.

In the scenario of smart cities, digital twins work as virtual replicas of the city’s assets, such as buildings, road lighting systems, energy and grid capabilities, and mobility solutions. However, it is not enough to develop a third-dimensional (3D) model of these sources. Therefore, the digital twin of smart cities pairs the 3D information with spatial modeling (for building the environment), simulations and mathematical models (for workable electric and mechanical systems), and other components that use real-time data feeds from the Internet of Things (IoT) platforms.

In this exclusive AITech Park, we will explore how digital twins will help smart cities evolve in 2024.

Twinning With the New Age Smart Cities

With the introduction of digital twins in the construction field, this technology has the potential to unlock data that was traditionally trapped in silos.

When constructing a new building, the digital twin is developed from the initial phases of the project by the architects, engineers, and construction (AEC) teams to work together to define each other’s performance goals and get the desired outcomes. Now, as the project progresses, the data is continuously collected and fed into the model using any digital twin solution. When the infrastructure is handed over to the owner, the virtual twin collects operations data that will fine-tune performance and manage maintenance in the long term.

As the digital twin mostly revolves around data supplies, it’s the physical twin that helps in performing predictions and simulations in response to real-world conditions. For instance, in the construction industry, the physical twin can be used to align a building’s solar facade that follows the path of the sun and modifies airflow to minimize the spread of germs.

Therefore, it is evident that DT allows the AEC teams to connect better throughout the entire assignment lifecycle, from design to decommissioning. Further, integrating static data aids in specifying the segment and creating maintenance schedules based on the dynamic data of occupancy rates and environmental conditions.

When DT is combined with building information modeling (BIM), the AEC team is well connected to data, which processes dynamic, real-time, bidirectional information management, bringing out the full potential of integrated workflows and information sharing with clients.

As DT is integrated with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), this technology will evolve from being a conceptual tool to becoming more competent and autonomous as software capabilities expand. The application areas for digital twins will continue to reach new heights in the coming years and will change the way AEC teams create, use, and optimize physical spaces and multiple processes.

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