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Digital twin tech brings sustainable analytics to smart cities

17 April 2019 | By BIM+ staff

A company specialising in sustainable analytics for the built environment has unveiled cutting-edge digital twin technology for advancing smart cities.

The ICL  (Intelligent Communities Lifecycle), developed by IES, is a platform of interconnected decision support tools that facilitate the planning, design and operation of energy efficient and sustainable communities of any size and purpose, whether that be a company, campus, city or country. It is the most holistic tool for assessing any configuration of buildings throughout their lifecycle.

Utilising the latest digital technology to link IOT (Internet of Things) data, sensor readings, open data or any other data source into one interconnected platform, the ICL enables investigation of built environment performance at any level.

The technology will provide decision makers with the information required to form intelligent solutions, by identifying the most effective and resource efficient ways in which they can dramatically reduce the use of energy and fossil fuels within a community.

By launching the ICL, IES is making its technology available to anyone interested in energy efficiency and sustainability, including architects, engineers and facilities managers, to help them see the true sustainability potential of their projects. 

An interaction model (top and above) enables real-time visualisation of energy data within the Trent Basin community in Nottingham

IES has delivered an interactive 3D visualisation and masterplanning model for Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, which, along with virtual testing, detailed operational modelling of 21 buildings and performance optimisation, uncovered campus wide energy savings of 31% and $4.7m (£3.6m) in cost savings.

The company has also developed a prototype community interaction model that enables real-time visualisation of energy data within the Trent Basin community in Nottingham, England. The model includes information on renewable energy generation and storage, alongside energy consumption data and general information about the homes.

Don McLean, IES Founder and CEO, said: “The IES team have been working extremely hard over the past few years to develop this sophisticated suite of tools that will revolutionise the way we plan and design communities and use energy, whether that be a university campus or entire continent.

“Climate change is a very real threat, and much more imminent than most people realise. Over the last 25 years we’ve built a solid reputation as a leading innovator in sustainable analytics for individual buildings and we’ve made a huge impact, eliminating the need for around 30 power stations to be built.

“With the ICL we can now apply sustainable analysis to communities of any size or purpose, enabling people to look at energy use holistically at a much larger scale. This technology brings the opportunity to make a massive difference to the fight against climate change, and secure a much better future for our children and future generations.”

To find out more sign up for IES’ exclusive free launch webinar on 30 April 2019