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How BIM can integrate with Digital Twins to enhance the construction sector

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

Guest post by usBIM, digital twin software.

The growing use of the BIM methodology in the AEC industry has led to significant changes in the design and management of buildings and infrastructures. BIM technology can be integrated into real-time dynamic data and digital twins to improve construction and operational efficiency. Professionals can make the most of this combination by specific digital twin software that enables users to manage any phase of the project life cycle: from the concept development, design, and construction to monitoring and maintenance.

Let’s discover how BIM can be integrated with digital twins to revolutionise the sector.

BIM and Digital Twins

Digital Twins and BIM models are both digital representations of physical objects but differ in terms of functionality and purpose. A BIM model is a digital representation of a physical object or system that is used for planning, design and construction purposes and can contain data such as dimensions, material properties and construction specifications.

On the other hand, Digital Twins are dynamic models that can be used to monitor and manage the performance of physical objects in real-time. For the realisation of a digital twin, it is essential to integrate the various design spheres of the construction world (structure, architecture, MEP) and to use multiple technologies such as laser scanners, sensors, BIM management systems and an intelligent BIM IoT platform simultaneously.

BIM and Digital Twins integration: advantages

Digital Twins and BIM methodology are key tools for all professionals of the AEC sector.

The integration of these two methodologies is a great chance for the construction industry. It allows indeed the potential of BIM design to be combined with the functionality offered by Digital Twins.

Digital Twin technology therefore adds a new level of sophistication to BIM models, helping to improve their analytical capabilities. It can provide valuable information about a built asset for better decision-making during operation or during the realisation of the next project. To do this, Digital Twins must be able to process and analyse meaningful data structured in a manageable format. This means that the data must be machine-readable, coordinated between the different stakeholders in the construction process and accessible to all actors.

That’s why it becomes indispensable to consider an openBIM standard approach.

BIM and Digital Twin integration provides a great number of advantages, as listed below:

  • reduction in the time needed to collect measurements and allocate resources;

  • increased productivity and collaboration;

  • reduction in costs and time associated with frequent site visits;

  • visualisation of the building throughout its entire life cycle.

Integration BIM and digital twin with usBIM

The IFC-openBIM expert ACCA software has introduced a digital twin software to ensure the successful result of BIM and digital twins’ integration. It is an innovative solution that allows professionals to create a digital replica of a real-world object, process, or system.

usBIM is a comprehensive and flexible digital twin tool that can be used to manage any stage of the project life-cycle, including ideation, design, construction, monitoring, and maintenance.

It is a complete tool that can be applied in different contexts of the construction industry to plan and foresee maintenance and improvement. In particular, it can be applied to buildings and infrastructures for specific purposes, as listed below:

  • roads and bridges, to monitor and manage road and bridge conditions, analyse the impact of traffic, weather conditions and ageing materials;

  • buildings, to optimize the design, construction and maintenance of buildings through the monitoring of structural conditions, plants and energy performance indicators;

  • tunnels, to monitor and manage aspects such as ventilation, lighting and safety;

  • railways, to optimize the management of infrastructure and plants, monitor the condition of rails, stations and signalling equipment;

  • construction sites, to monitor the condition of machinery and technical systems, the position of workers and the progress of work in real time.

If you also want to make the most of the combination of two powerful technologies such as digital twin and BIM processes, all you have to do is try for free the professional and versatile digital twin software to manage any phase of your project’s life cycle.

Guest post by usBIM, digital twin software.

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