A digital twin is an exact, virtual representation of a real-world asset such as a building or set of buildings. Using sensors, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, the twin provides feedback on key assets and intelligence on how the occupants interact with that building. Its use in construction is not yet widespread in the Middle East, but interest in the benefits they can bring is growing, and the use of digital twins is predicted to rise rapidly.
We spoke with Dr. Jacques ElKhouri, Head of Digital Transformation & Innovation, Dar Al Handasah, and asked him to explain the technology’s use in construction.
Explain what a digital twin is in simple terms