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Centre for Digital Built Britain


This project investigates how to understand infrastructure complexity, using the digital twin.

Prof. Jennifer Whyte, Imperial College (presented by Dr Long Chen)
'Analysing Systems Interdependencies using a Digital Twin'


This work provides a first step toward next-generation systems engineering by demonstrating the feasibility of using a digital twin to generate new insight on systems relationships and interdependencies. This step requires substantial interdisciplinary work and industry collaboration to examine the potential to combine a set of relevant analytic methods (network analyses, co-simulation, sensitivity analyses, visualisation). We have hence assembled an experienced team (Imperial College London, University of Sheffield, Newcastle University, with the Alan Turing Institute), and will work closely with and use empirical data from a major project (Thames Tideway). The basic proposition underpinning the work is to get maximum value from model-based systems engineering in design as well as run-time data. The long-term ambition is to build the tools that decision-makers need to understand infrastructure system interdependencies within and across project boundaries. This first step will deliver fundamental theoretical understanding that will support the use of the digital twin for systems analyses; and a practical contribution to the identification, prioritisation and management of interdependencies.


Project Team

(alphabetical order):
  • Dr. Filip Babovic;
  • Dr. Long Chen;
  • Prof. David Coca;
  • Prof. John Fitzgerald;
  • Dr. Carl Gamble;
  • Dr. Cristian Genes;
  • Prof. Martin Mayfield;
  • Dr. Kenneth Pierce;
  • Prof. Nilay Shah;
  • Prof. Jennifer Whyte

Project Page: Imperial College Project Page