Digital Twin-The future of BIM (Part 3)
Finally, as we conclude the three-blog series dedicated to exploring and explaining Digital Twin, the latest trend in the AEC industry, and its connection to BIM; we discover the key differences between digital twin and simulations and how virtual twin benefits the construction industry.
Digital twin vs simulations
Starting with the primary variation, a simulation imitates what might happen to an object in a certain situation. On the other hand, a digital twin mirrors what is occurring to a given product in the real world. A designer who needs to run all the tests is the only one who can make adjustments to a simulation. However, virtual twin records are free from these restrictions since they are linked to the data in real-time and process all the changes automatically.
A CAD-based simulation creates a model of the product into which various design features or parameters can be added and tested. Because it won’t evolve or advance unless a designer adds more features, this model type is static. While a digital twin will initially start off quite similar to a simulation model, the addition of real-time data allows the twin to alter and grow, providing a more dynamic simulation. As more data is gathered and analyzed over a product lifecycle, a digital twin can mature and deliver new knowledge that is not possible with a static simulation.
How Digital Twin benefits the construction industry
Digital twin, serves as the analog counterpart in the AEC sector. Consider a digital twin of an office building as an illustration. There is a precise, digital model of the entire building after design and construction are complete. This is created using BIM and as-built modeling, including Architectural BIM Services. The same digital, dynamic framework creates a “twin” of the original physical building that evolves with utilization just like the actual, finished office structure. It is adaptable and develops when more information is fed to it, such as information from artificial intelligence (AI), sensors, or the Internet of Things (IoT).
Digital twins close the gap between form and function in the building industry. After construction is finished, a digital twin can still be helpful for facility maintenance, building alterations, and operations since it links building design and management. A smart building, for instance, will have powerful linked technology built throughout the development process. Because of their connection to the digital twin, space managers can manage these systems as a component of the tenant’s technology stack. As Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) become more connected to the digital twin, it becomes a source of truth for asset management and space governance.
We are seeing the world transit at an unprecedented rate. Customers demand more, society standards are getting higher, and opportunities and challenges appear more frequently. In addition, many businesses are being forced to make significant strategy changes due to these developments and the speed at which digital innovation is occurring. Fortunately, for the AEC industry, BIM modeling and digital twin strategies come to the rescue. Both are based on several shared concepts and are focused on enhancing process visibility, bringing stakeholders together, and assisting with planning. BIM Coordination Services removes all the clashes before construction and contributes significantly to green construction and sustainability of the building. However, after work has begun, you need real-time information to continuously improve and adjust initiatives to give more exceptional value to everyone. That’s where the digital twin takes over BIM, forming its legacy. It isn’t just the present hotshot in technology but also the future trend of the AEC industry.