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Digital twin guidance for clients launched

12 May 2021

The Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) has launched an interactive guide to help clients embed digital twinning into a project.

Known as the Digital Twin Navigator, the guide will help clients to form a clear digital twin strategy during the initial stages of a project and influence the brief and subsequently the design and delivery teams during the early engagement stages in design and selection, specification of data acquisition systems, services, and control systems. The strategy will also influence any modelling (such as BIM) and IT network architecture that should be aligned with this plan.

The 55-page guide sets out five stages: the early stages – strategic outline case, outline business case and full business case – are aligned to HM Treasury Guide To Developing Programme Business Case. The later stages – implementation and monitoring, and evaluate and feedback – are aligned with the Cabinet Office Gateway review process.

David Philp, impact director at the CIH, said: “As early adopter organisations now begin to meaningfully consider applying a digital twin approach to their projects, it is important to provide guidance to help ensure that [such an] approach is properly considered from the earliest stages of the project lifecycle to ensure it is appropriate, proportionate and included in the business case(s), brief and subsequent procurement process.

“The UK is well placed to harness the opportunities of digital twinning, new data capture and processing technologies. However, it must be founded on good values and information models that are secure and of quality data to connect with.

“As our built environment responds to ever-increasing challenges, especially around resilience and low carbon, the shift to practical cyber-physical approaches is becoming ever more important not just for our individual project but our global society.”

Read the Digital Twin Navigator: https://www.cdbb.cam.ac.uk/files/cdbb_dt_navigator_with_links_11.05.2021.pdf

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