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Digital Twins are a way of getting better insights about the assets you commission, design, construct or manage, increasing their whole-life value and enhancing their performance and the outcomes for people who use them.

But how do you get started creating one? What are the questions you need to ask yourself and potential challenges you’ll face? How can you better collaborate, integrate and connect digital twins?

The ‘Digital Twin Journeys’ series presents lessons learned by our researchers in digital twin projects enabled by the Construction Innovation Hub. Culminating in a report for industry professionals who are involved with developing their first digital twins, this series of engaging outputs will highlight many of the processes, decisions and insights our researchers have explored during their digital twin journeys, providing helpful, actionable information for you to progress on yours.

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Read more at: Digital Twins Journeys: a new infographic on ecosystems of services enabled by connected digital twins

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Digital Twin Journeys: Digital Twins for Asset Managers

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Read more at: Digital Twin Journeys: smart infrastructure for safety and reliability across the rail network

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A new infographic , enabled by the Construction Innovation Hub, is published today to bring to life a prototype digital twin of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) on the West Cambridge campus. Xiang Xie and Henry Fenby-Taylor discuss the infographic and lessons learned from the project. The research team for the West...


Read more at: Digital Twin Journeys: Understanding the information need, a bridge to better information management
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Digital Twin Journeys: Understanding the information need, a bridge to better information management

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Read more at: Digital Twin Journeys: the journey to the Smart Hospital of the Future

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Read more at: Blog: Digital twins and how the Hub’s new interactive guidance can help

Blog: Digital twins and how the Hub’s new interactive guidance can help

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The Construction Playbook (2020) highlights the need for appointing parties, such as asset owner clients, to further embed digital technologies and processes, especially the UK BIM Framework and digital twins, as a vehicle to improve the performance, sustainability and value for money of projects and programmes allowing...