A digital twin in Saudi Arabia is now providing the building owner with detailed information on asset performance, saving it time and money associated with facilities management
Digital twins are beginning to be developed much earlier in a project lifecycle, increasingly during the construction phase. Although a young technology, their growth has been accelerated by the convergence of systems such as cloud, Internet of Things, sensors and 5G communications, allowing owners and operators to develop a practical representation of a building and its assets.
They comprise a visualisation element (typically BIM and 3D geometry) and real-world building systems, such as a building management system (BMS) and computer-aided facility management (CAFM). Use cases for a digital twin include it measuring how a building is performing, so that it can be optimised to reduce inefficiencies and operational costs. It also allows owners to repurpose a building as it reaches the end of its life.