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This IDC Market Presentation discusses examples and analyzes the use cases and opportunities for digital twins and digital thread in support of building and infrastructure operation. Building information modeling (BIM) is a vital set of tools and processes for building and infrastructure design, pre-construction, project management, and construction in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. We see digital twins, in concert with the underlying digital thread of data and knowledge, as a dynamic model that leverages 5D-BIM (3D model + time and cost) in support of the post-construction and operation phase. This approach can enable AEC organizations; engineering, procurement, and construction (EPCs); and building/site owners to use a digital model to operate and optimize their facilities more proactively, while building a library of historical information that can inform and predict future performance or efficiency.

Digital twins are a relatively new concept in AEC, smart buildings, and asset industries such as energy and utilities, complementing the presence of BIM that has grown over the past two decades. But there are early examples of success, as organizations look for ways to enhance asset optimization and building efficiency.


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