October 13, 2021
Creating a digital twin is easier than ever before. According to one study, digital twins will become a standard feature of IoT applications by 2026. Implementing one into a structure, however, can be its own challenge. Enterprises will need to integrate any necessary equipment and infrastructure while ensuring the twin meets the custom needs of each department. If you’re unsure how to implement digital twin technology at your facility, this step-by-step guide will help you get started.
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Whatever the purpose of your digital twin, it’s unlikely that only a single person will need to use it. Even when features aren’t available to the general public, multiple individuals and departments will have a part in its operation. And if you’re designing a digital twin during construction or renovation, there might be architects, urban planners, and other parties who will need access.
That’s why it’s essential to bring all stakeholders on board for digital twin implementation and design from the earliest stages. Their participation will ensure its systems address all possible use cases. What’s more, multiple perspectives will help digital twin designers account for any assets or objectives they might overlook.
It might not feel like it from a day-to-day perspective, but all commercial buildings change over time. Businesses may change the purposes for rooms, plan a sweeping renovation, or even rebuild following a natural disaster. For these reasons, it’s vital that facility managers must be able to modify a digital twin instead of restarting the entire digitization process from scratch.
One way to prepare for these changes at the digital twin implementation stage is to standardize and document the entire process. Make particular note of management responsibilities, how departments communicate using the twin, all necessary equipment and components, and any other details. Most importantly, use clear and concise language that anyone can understand. These documents can help guide your process for altering a digital twin or coordinating efforts with a third party.
Even if you don’t intend to change your digital twin, these documents can act as a helpful training manual for incoming employees.
All digital twins act as information centers, monitoring and compiling readings from a broad range of data sources. This design is intentional — it lets end users analyze how different assets work together in ways that are difficult to achieve manually. Unfortunately, it can be hard to determine precisely how many data sources are useful, since the volume varies depending on the number of assets incorporated into the digital twin.
The solution is to establish sources based on the scale of your project. As an example, here are different groupings of data sources that might be associated with an HVAC system:
As you can see, even a single digital object can offer a multitude of data configurations. Establishing your data sources by scale makes it easier to configure a digital twin in ways that more effectively meet its intended purpose.
Digital twins may exist in digitized environments, but they still require real-world infrastructure to work. Every individual asset needs some way of connecting to a twin’s network. The good news is that IoT technology makes it far easier to integrate devices and manage them effectively — all that’s required are the human beings to implement them.
While this advice can help you with digital twin implementation, every building is different, and each process will have its own unique challenges. That’s why we built Vera — a computer vision platform for modern enterprises that leverages digital twins to deliver customer-centric experiences. With Vera, designers can create intuitive internal navigation systems, track assets through integrated control systems, and much more.
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