May 28, 2024

The benefits of digital twin technology in construction, use cases and possibilities.

For professionals working in the construction industry, digital twin technology represents a transformational shift for the world of construction project and operational management. The creation and use of a digital twin allows construction professionals to gather and utilise data in their operations in more actionable ways leading to unprecedented opportunities for improved decision-making, enhanced productivity, and heightened safety standards across construction operations.
What are Digital Twins?

If you're unfamiliar with the term, let me break it down for you. A digital twin is a virtual representation of a physical construction site (or anything else that you create a digital version of), this can be created in numerous ways including utilising data from IoT sensors, 3D models such as BIM reports or even by utilising drone surveying. Essentially a digital twin is a digital replication of your sites which can be updated in real time or in intervals.

Learn about the transformative power of Digital Twins!

Firstly, in this whitepaper we discuss in depth the benefits that digital twins can have for your operations such as:

  1. Simulate potential solutions in a controlled environment, testing their effectiveness before implementation.
  2. Foster collaboration, streamline regulatory compliance, and enhance overall transparency.
  3. Optimise Operations: Utilise real-time data to optimise workflows, reduce downtime, and enhance overall project efficiency.

Secondly, we explore the potential and recommended methods to create a digital twin for your construction sites utilising different data collection methods such as utilising existing BIM data, drone collection, workforce data and existing infrastructural information.

Thirdly, we discuss the integration of digital twins with other technologies such as telematics allowing for a real time digital twin and the integration of artificial intelligence and algorithms to provide quick diagnoses of operational inefficiencies .

Real-World Benefits

This whitepaper will discus the many benefits of the implementation of digital twin technology into construction operations ranging from the increase fleet productivity, heightened safety standards and reduced costs.

Increased Fleet Productivity

By leveraging digital twins, fleet managers can access crucial contextual data, such as vehicle condition, fuel data, utilisation, and route efficiency. This data can be used to extract actionable insights, leading to better resource allocation and increased fleet productivity.

Heightened Safety Standards

Simulating Unsafe Tasks

Research by Jjang in the Journal of Automation in Construction explored using digital twins to simulate unsafe construction tasks, like hoisting behaviours for tower cranes.

Integration with Safety Systems

The MachineMax digital twin integrates with safety data from companies like PLINX, which use smart proximity sensors on workers' helmets, machinery, and hazardous zones (geofences).

Download the full digital twin whitepaper below to discover the potential benefits to your organisation:

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