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Analysing Systems Interdependencies using a Digital Twin

This project investigates how to understand infrastructure complexity, using the 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 

Welcome to the Centre for Digital Built Britain.  

The Centre for Digital Built Britain is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge to understand how the construction and infrastructure sectors could use a digital approach to better design, build, operate, and integrate the built environment.

Upcoming events

Toward Blockchain-Enabled Supply Chains in the Built Environment

Jun 28, 2019

3M Buckley Innovation Centre Hudderfield, HD1 3BD, UK

Recommendations for Automated Checking of Regulations and Requirements Management in Healthcare Design

Jul 01, 2019

The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (ICSIC) 2019

Jul 08, 2019

Churchill College, University of Cambridge

CDBB Week 2019

Sep 09, 2019

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