Using Digital Twins to Troubleshoot and Design Future Buildings

Applied Tech Review | Thursday, July 28, 2022

The technologies have made the beginning of the digital journey possible, and the sector is to reap the rewards of this investment.

FREMONT, CA: It is commonly acknowledged that the real estate sector needs to modify its procedures. Intending to automate mostly manual, fragmented, and complex design, procurement, and construction processes, a wide range of digital technologies have evolved during the past years. In the past years, productivity has decreased while the average productivity across all other industries has soared. The exponential growth in service demand has coincided with the failure to lock in productivity increases, particularly as more people relocate from rural to urban areas. The problem for cities around the world is to manage the impact of cities on the environment while creating great real estate quickly and economically.

Building information modeling (BIM) technologies are being employed more often across the sector internationally. Aerospace was the first industry to deploy digital twins, and other industries have increasingly followed suit. A digital twin of a building in the context of construction, for instance, is an exact digital replica of its physical counterpart. The performance and behavior of the digital twin are identical to those of the real twin. Building components in digital twins act the same as their physical equivalents. To fully resolve the building design and optimize its performance before it is physically erected, these digital buildings can be examined under numerous scenarios and optimized.

Improves quality 

The use of digital twins has grown recently in the real estate and construction industries, where the technology has proven to offer an astounding array of advantages. A digital twin was constructed using the "authorized for construction" design papers produced by the design consultant teams, comprising models, 2D drawings, specifications, and product tech data. The digital twin made it possible to identify and fix unsolved design issues and details in less time and at a considerably finer degree of detail than likely with a purely traditional method. Millions of dollars cut building costs, and the final product's quality has increased using digital twins.

It helps to evaluate the materials 

Digital twins make it possible to mimic continual innovation in materials and sustainable designs. In addition to the technology's evident efficiency, digital twins allow investigating of a wide range of potential solutions that may not have been thought of in the past, enabling a step-change increase in the quality and performance of buildings. For instance, the digital twin's predictive capabilities are used to evaluate novel materials' compatibility. 

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