Atkins and Cardiff University are partnering on an advanced digital twin programme that will help drive digital transformation across the built environment.
The organisations will focus on leveraging Cardiff University’s Computational Urban Sustainability Platform (CUSP), which creates a digital twin of buildings, infrastructure and cities to optimise design, build, operation and maintenance of assets.
The state-of-the-art Internet of Things platform – underpinned by building information modelling, geographical information systems and artificial intelligence – engages users in real-time to allow a more informed, immersive decision-making process, and promotes machine learning to automatically refine solutions based on the data gathered.
Atkins is currently working with Ordnance Survey to research the benefits of creating a National Digital Twin of the UK’s infrastructure on behalf of Digital Built Britain. It will now collaborate with clients, industry partners and Cardiff University to test, enhance and deploy CUSP, which has the potential to enable autonomous asset operation and maintenance.
Nick Tune, digital director at Atkins, said: “The technology developed by Cardiff University is extremely advanced, giving us an incredible opportunity to drive real change across the industry.
“While digital twins are becoming more prevalent in engineering, we’re at the start of a journey which, through platforms such as CUSP, can fundamentally change the way assets are designed, operated and maintained.”
Prof Yacine Rezgui, who is leading the CUSP development team at Cardiff University, said: “We are delighted to team up with one of the world’s leading engineering businesses which will take our platform to another level by integrating it with their in-house software solutions and thus contributing to the digitalisation and informed performance management of buildings and infrastructure.”
To date, CUSP has been used on a number of collaborative research and development programmes to reduce energy consumption and optimise low carbon energy production on major regeneration projects in Wales and across Europe.