October 04, 2023

What problems in buildings do digital twins solve?

Digital twins have improved significantly over past few years and are well suited for use in organizational and built environments. In fact, they offer unique opportunities for solving big problems in various built environments such as commercial real estate, hospitals and smart cities.

What problems in buildings do digital twins solve?

Before we discuss problems that digital twins can solve, let's recap how digital twins have changed over years.

What is a digital twin?

In simple terms, a digital twin is a virtual copy of a physical product, process, or system.

Digital twins act as a bridge between digital and physical worlds, using connected sensors and IoT devices to collect real-time data about physical objects. This data is then processed and used to understand, analyze, manage and optimize projects.

Emergence of “Digital Twin Organization (DTO)”

Digital twins are traditionally used for individual objects such as wind turbines or jet engines.

However, in recent years, digital twins have become more complex, connecting not just one object, but systems of assets or even entire organizations.

This expansion means that digital twins can now be used in a wider range of use cases. By combining multiple assets and combining them with information about processes and people, their ability to help solve complex problems is greatly enhanced.

What does this mean for adoption? Well, a 2018 Gartner study found that 48% of organizations using IoT also use digital twins. In addition, by 2020, 50% of large manufacturers will initiate at least one digital twin initiative, and by 2022, number of organizations using digital twins will triple.

What problems can digital twins solve in architecture?

Are you a CRE industry leader? Are you familiar with these statements?

  • "Our operational efficiency has plateaued".
  • "Our operators lack complete information and control".
  • "Our residents are dissatisfied with their housing".
  • "Our competitive moat is shrinking".
  • "We don't have ability to predict and anticipate."
  • If so, you are not alone. These are some of challenges buildings around world are facing today, especially as CRE's changing business models, rising occupant expectations and rising operating costs.

    When you face these challenges, digital twins can help transform every aspect of your business.

    In fact, digital twins can be used to improve efficiency, streamline processes, prevent problems before they occur, and drive innovation in future.

    By providing a contextual model of buildings and operations, digital twins provide:

  • Transformative spatial perception;
  • Root cause analysis;
  • Smart recommendation;
  • Self-configuration capability;
  • Information needed for preventive maintenance.
  • Digital twins provide a clear picture of how a building will perform in past, present and future, as well as recommendationstion to improve results. Digital twins go far beyond a purely digital model of physical environment, bringing together data from your IT and OT systems, IoT sensors, and third-party data into a contextual representation of your built environment. Instead, they allow you to analyze data, workflows, and behavior of people in your portfolio in real time, allowing you to take immediate action to optimize performance or condition and improve future health of your building.

    Result? Digital twins provide truly remarkable results for built environment.

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