Why Your Digital Twins Need Location Intelligence
In Uppsala's case, city planners built their twin on top of a digital elevation model captured with LIdar scanners to show the topography, existing buildings, and trees. The digital twin also allowed planners to identify necessary upgrades to services and to test them with finite element analysis, while ensuring architecture and engineering firms' projects were meeting the city's efficiency and sustainability goals. Location Intelligent Twins for Urban Management Unique to digital twins based on a GIS is the flexibility to plan and iterate while seeing the local impact of infrastructure work. More recently, in 2021, planners created a 3D geographic base map using LIdar scans of the entire city to build a digital twin so they could understand and analyze new construction projects and their potential impact on the urban landscape. Incheon plans to expand its digital twin to manage even more assets such as sewer systems, power grids, telecommunications, and subways. Optimizing Operations with GIS-based Digital TwinsBeyond planning and construction, AEC professionals rely on digital twins to understand operations-to see performance in real time, and make decisions that drive safety and efficiency. Since 2017, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol staff have used their digital twin, known as the Common Data Environment, for planning and operations.