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A digital twin is a digital replica of a physical thing, and it may be the way of our future. Major cities overseas , as well as local government municipalites, have already embraced digital twin technology and now it’s Australia’s turn.
In conjunction with Melbourne University, the Victorian government has developed a digital twin of Fisherman’s Bend, for a major urban renewal project. This project acted as a pilot to test the technology of replicating a digital space. These replicas include buildings, public spaces, infrastructre and even communities.
Using 4D modelling technology, real time is incorporated and used to test and analyse changes in the environment. This technology forecasts required changes and maintenance and collects data on things like traffic conditions and utility usage.
Six stakeholder groups throughout Australia and New Zealand are set to accelerate the usage of this technology, spearheaded by the Smart Cities Council of Australia and New Zelaand.
Vice President of Bentley Systems, Phil Christensen, says that asset owners and operators must be engaged on this journey.
A digital twin of the entire state has been announced, primarily so that planners, engineers and builders can use the model to test project scenarios.