Digital twin

What is a digital twin?

A digital twin is a virtual representation of an object or system that spans its lifecycle, is updated from real-time data and uses simulation, machine learning and reasoning to help decision-making. Originally a concept for product development in the engineering world (e.g. jet engines), digital twins have been applied more widely over the last ten years (to the construction industry and the natural environment including environmental and geosciences).

For the interests of the OneGeology Digital Twin Group (ODTG), our focus is primarily with geospatial data hence a spatial digital twin. Spatial digital twins include a specific spatial context and provide a holistic dimensional and location-based representation of assets, infrastructure and systems (WGIC Spatial Digital Twin report, 2022-01). This refers to much more than the built/natural-environment and exist at various levels of accuracy, detail and aggregation. Spatial digital twins can be at site scale or for linear infrastructure (roads/rail), entire networks, cities, countries and even the globe.

What are we trying to do?

The ODTG aim is to collate evidence of spatial digital twin activities from around the globe and provide a platform whereby people can share their knowledge, their interest in the subject and take part in a community effort to shape the future of spatial digital twins and the use of these in geosciences.

For further information please email OneGeology (onegeology@bgs.ac.uk).

Spatial Digital Twin catalogue

The OneGeology Spatial Digital Twin catalogue is a collation of case studies and technologies demonstrating or aspiring to the principles of a Digital Twin and have a spatial/geo-location element. This is an ongoing initiative and by no means a conclusive list. Suggestions are welcome.

Email OneGeology (onegeology@bgs.ac.uk) with any suggestions or for further information about the OneGeology Spatial Digital Twin and associated catalogue.

Akila

Company
Akila
Location
China and Southeast Asia

#Type:energy and minerals #Type:assets #Type:civil engineering and construction

Autodesk Tandem™

Company
Autodesk
Location
United States headquarters (office locations worldwide)

#Type:architecture #Type:engineering and construction

ClimaTwin™

Company
ClimaTwin™
Location
Head Office - USA

#Type:environment #Type:assets #Type:civil engineering and construction #Type:government

Falcon

Company
Duality Robotics
Location
Head Office - San Mateo, USA

#Type:civil engineering and construction #Type:environment #Type:assets #Type:hazard management #Type:manufacturing

Eartheon CT & Eartheon AT

Company
Eartheon Spatial Technologies (P) Ltd
Location
Indian Institute of Technology

#Type:urban #Type:assets #Type:buildings

TwinWorX®: Digital Twins Solutions

Company
e-Magic
Location
Head Office - Canada

#Type:energy and minerals #Type:assets #Type:buildings #Type:manufacturing

Fugro - ROAMES®™

Company
Fugro
Location
Head Office - Netherlands (other office locations worldwide)

#Type:utilities #Type:energy and minerals #Type:environment

Digital Twin Technology

Company
GE Digital
Location
Head Office - San Ramon, USA (other offices located worldwide)

#Type:utilities #Type:energy and minerals #Type:manufacturing #Type:transport

Readtty capture for Digital Twin

Company
Hexagon Geosystems
Location
Head Office - Sweden (other office locations worldwide)

#Type:energy and minerals #Type:transport #Type:buildings #Type:civil engineering and construction #Type:environment #Type:government #Type:manufacturing

Station IX™: A Digital Twin Creation, Integration and Interaction Platform

Company
Imagine 4D
Location
Head office - Montreal, Canada

#Type:buildings #Type:civil engineering and construction #Type:energy and minerals

Mapping the Urban Landscape

Company
AAM, a Woolpert company
Location
Australia

#Type:architecture #Type:engineering and construction #Type:geospatial services #Type:mining and energy #Type:government #Type:transport and logistics #Type:natural resources and renewables #Type:utilities

NSW Spatial Digital Twin (SDT)

Company
NSW Government, DCS Spatial Services & CSIRO's Data61
Location
New South Wales, Australia

#Type:environment #Type:urban #Type:transport #Type:buildings #Type:assets #Type:government #Type:hazard management

OpenCities™ Planner powered by iTwin™

Company
Bentley®
Location
United States headquarters (office locations worldwide)

#Type:architecture #Type:engineering and construction

VELOCITY 5D

Company
Presagis
Location
Head Office - Saint-Laurent, Canada (other office locations worldwide)

#Type:urban #Type:energy and minerals #Type:environment #Type:assets #Type:buildings #Type:hazard management #Type:government

Qatium

Company
Qatium
Location
Head Office - Spain

#Type:environment #Type:utilities #Type:assets

Digital Twin Technology and RIEGL

Company
RIEGL
Location
Head Office - Austria (other office locations worldwide)

#Type:energy and minerals #Type:buildings #Type:civil engineering and construction #Type:environment #Type:urban

Compass: Engine™

Company
Slingshot Simulations
Location
Head Office - Leeds, UK

#Type:environment #Type:assets #Type:utilities

Smart City Solutions

Company
AAM, a Woolpert company
Location
Australia

#Type:architecture #Type:engineering and construction #Type:geospatial services #Type:mining and energy #Type:government #Type:transport and logistics #Type:natural resources and renewables #Type:utilities

Road Asset Data Services (RoADS)

Company
Terra
Location
Head Office - South Africa. Also an office in India

#Type:transport #Type:urban #Type:assets

Trimble MX50 Mobile Mapping System

Company
Trimble
Location
Head Office - USA (other office locations worldwide)

#Type:transport

Voxelmaps Insight Platform (VIP)

Company
Voxelmaps
Location
Head Office - USA (other office locations include UK, Portugal and Mexico)

#Type:transport #Type:urban #Type:utilities