A digital twin is something that many people in the property industry talk about, but everyone seems to understand it in different ways. Some say it is a BIM model, while others say it is a storage of building-related data. But a digital twin for buildings is a complex piece of technology and it’s clearly not just one or the other.
Granlund’s digital twin reads static data from BIM models and dynamic data from building automation and management systems, IoT sensors and other data sources. It also shows the 3D model of a property in an easily understandable format. So, a digital twin is a virtual duplicate of a building that aims to help manage property-related data and illustrate maintenance processes.
A digital twin is a virtual duplicate of a building that aims to help manage property-related data and illustrate maintenance processes.
A digital twin is a way to understand how a building works
One of the biggest strengths of a digital twin is its ability to build customised solutions that solve specific business problems and help optimise its performance through contextual presentation of data and automated analytics. This is showcased when a digital twin is used as a tool for managing property maintenance processes and information.
A digital twin collects all the important information for maintenance from various sources, such as IFC data models of design and construction data, IoT and automation systems, as well as end users. Because of this, the synchronised property information is always up-to-date and can be utilised for purposes such as future development projects.
One of the biggest strengths of a digital twin is its ability to build customised solutions that solve specific business problems.
A new kind of transparency to maintenance
The volume of data in properties is constantly increasing. A digital twin adds a new kind of transparency to maintenance and makes property data visually available to a range of users, from maintenance personnel to property managers and end users. With a digital twin, maintenance personnel can monitor the conditions of a building quickly on a floor- or unit-specific basis, in real time on a laptop or smartphone – and react swiftly to any deviations.
The Digital Twin raises the usability of the Granlund Manager software to a new level. It ensures that the required information collected during design and construction phases is available to users in a visual format. This improves information availability and usability for the property owner, service providers and end-users.