Digital twin technology and its importance for the operational phase of buildings

Although digital twinning is not new, only as recently as 2017 have digital twins become one of the top strategic technology trends. The growth of the Internet of Things has been a key factor in making digital twins cost-effective, turning them into one of the most exciting areas of change in the built environment today. So, what exactly is a digital twin?

A digital twin is a virtual replica of a real-world object or system across its lifecycle. In the building space, you may look at digital twins as a natural evolution of Building Information Modelling (BIM), which digitally represents the ‘as-built’ environment. BIM constitutes the foundation for the creation of a real estate digital twin.

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