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What are they good for?
|Nicolas Waern - Digital Twin Specialist
developing a self-learning, edge-native, local control-first, smart control
system for radiators and smart heating systems in Sweden. The solution can be
deployed in hours, and is using small footprint AI/ML libraries to learn what
the building is doing without needing any upfront data. Currently in roll-out
stage across multiple assets in the Nordics.
every other business we make sure that it works first in a development
environment, and then a staging environment and then when we know that it
works, and is stable enough, that’s when we deploy it. Why do we accept
anything else for real estate?”
– Head of IT,
Progressive Real Estate Owner in Sweden
Today in a
call with some smart building enthusiasts, we were discussing what Digital
Twins are, and what they are good for at what stages. During new construction,
renovation, asset management, commissioning to mention a few.
In the call
we had an energy specialist with 40+ years background that loves the concept of
Digital Twins. The head of IT for a progressive real estate owner and another
one responsible for building automation for another real estate owner.
real estate owner manages about 300 000 m2 across 130+ assets. Mainly
schools. That’s the owner we have been working with for the last 10 months.
person whom I had never met before was responsible for building automation with
100 000 m2 across 1300 apartments and 200 commercial venues. He had seen a
webinar about the Smart Heating Systems we had created some months ago and
wanted to know a bit more.
about vechicle to grid, V2X and that he had bought some batteries to create a
circular PV approach for his house. But then we moved into the innovation
tender and how we had connected a bunch of radiators with the intent to
commandeer the radiators based on its context. For the ones that have missed
it, you can read about it here on how we used Digital Twinning to
accelerate knowledge transfer between different actors related to Smart Heating
But, I was
quick to ask what problems and challenges the new person had with their assets.
none. Not anyway.”
reminded me of the classic conversations I have had for the last 5 years. You
can do anything with IoT, Digital Twins, AI, ML_insert buzzword here_!!! With
the usual response, well, we don’t want to do anything really).
enough. But what do you wish you could do better?”
always takes time to get the automations systems actually performing as they
should. It takes at least a couple of years to get it working based on its
context. And then it’s a continuous process of aligning it with what is really
going on with the buildings. It seems that the buildings are not really made to
work with the building automation system and it’s almost broken from start.
Could that be something for Digital Twins?”.
If a company would have a 3D Model of the BIM files. Then they could use that
as the foundation for everything that will happen during the asset maintenance
have all the information about what model/make the doors, the walls, the
windows are. Where the pipes are, the electrical work, the plumbing, what
products exists from where, and of course where the HVAC system is, lighting
fixtures, and basically everything they would need.
problem today is that all these things are not up to date. But more
importantly, they exist in parallel universes where domain experts work in
silos. Where communication is sparse, even during the construction project.
understandable reality with all the information necessary for a shared reality
for anyone across any domain
for everyone collaborating concurrently across domains
foundation for both people and systems
this does is that it allows an MDTI (Master Digital Twin Implementors) to
Invite to innovate on behalf of the customer. We go through it here in my
Podcast (that is on a hiatus right now) we use the Metaverse to collaborate and create value
faster than ever. But basically it would allow the real estate owner to test
solutions out virtually first, and tune them with the Digital Twin. Get them up
to speed virtually first. And then once its done, deploy it in the building for
real, knowing what the outcome would be.
This hyperbolic heading is taken from an article I wrote a year ago about Digital Triplets. It basically revolves around the usefulness of running simulations on top of the Digital Twin to test things out first, get it right in the virtual world where time flows differently, and then deploy it in the real world knowing more of what will happen.
something that NASA actually are doing a lot of when designing the Mars Rover,
and also where companies are using simulation tools to work around the
global chip shortage. If we would apply the same idea of testing stuff out first in a
simulation based on reality we could see an acceleration of faster time to
head of IT said it himself. In every other business we make sure that it works
first in a development environment, and then a staging environment and then
when we know that it works, and is stable enough, that’s when we deploy it. Why
do we accept anything else for real estate?
means is that the 6-12 months of getting stuff in. And the x years it could
take for the system to run optimally, could go down to 6-12 weeks at the most.
In theory, it could be as fast as a couple of days. And that is only during the
commissioning and optimization of the building automation controls.
thing. What are Digital Twins? When do the appear? How can we create them? And
how much time is needed to create any value? Well, I am leveraging Digital
Twins across multiple industries right now at different stages.
is, that Digital Twins, Simulation Models, Prototype Digital Twins, Virtual
Twins, Visual Twins, coupled with VR/AR/MR as well as of course IoT/AI/ML
approaches are being used everywhere right now. In healthcare, in construction
with BIM to Twin approaches, for existing and new real-estate, in Formula 1,
for data centers, Advanced Materials Manufacturing, for Digital Humans, Compute
Fluid Dynamics, National twinning which is what I am focusing on. And I am also
focusing on some Global Digital Twin perspectives coupled with Metaverse
approaches to not only escape reality but to actually use modern tools to
improve the world we have.
But what I
said to the person in charge was that whatever you do. If you have a new
construction project, make sure that you get a 3D model out from either the
architect, or the construction company. An IFC model/REVIT, out, or a
“BIM-model” that should have some meta-data attached to it. Because usually
what happens is that the BIM-model is being used during construction, but all
that amazing data is being thrown in the trash, or being vendor-locked by a
estate owners/also building automation companies want is to get it out, use it
as a boundary spanning object, and create stickiness during the whole asset
lifecycle. By using the 3D model of the building (with great meta-data about
its assets) the one in charge of it can use it to collaborate with anyone that
has anything to do with that part of reality.
back to the great conversation I had last year with Joe Gaspardone.
if Apple didn't have a UI? How in the hell would we all use it…
can tell anybody listening, with absolute certainty that if you can't get a
visual representation in place. Then you can't get scale in this
industry” – Joe Gaspardone
🎧#24 Visual Twins & Smart
Building Recipes - Joe Gaspardone
Twins are being used, deployed, leveraged at scale across multiple industries.
It’s understanding what tools to use, at what stage, and what ingredients work
together in the right order. The ingredients are here in terms of people, and
systems, but it seems that we work in isolated knowledge islands.
Twins can be used at any part of the asset lifecycle with dramatic returns.
Something to keep in mind is that if done correctly, Digital Twins have
something in common with Pringles. Once you start, you shouldn’t stop. Because
Digital Twinning done right should be able to work with any system of any age
and discipline, as well as with any person of any age and discipline. Both
past, present, and future generations.
construction, make sure you get the BIM-models out and control it as a tool for
a visual collaboration arena
renovation, there are multiple scanning options that can provide value really
fast. Coupled with IoT approaches you can get a lightweight Digital Twin up and
running quite fast. And this can be used to scale up initiatives running MVT
(Minival Viable Twin) approaches to ensure rapid value creation.
operations, what if you could try out everything first before deploying it in
your existing portfolio? And have a reality where all the fragmented pieces of
the puzzle could fit in? What is the value of creating value across the
3/30/300 rule and also ensuring a platform for new revenue streams in the
seems that buildings are either in or out. Possibly not so much anywhere in
Read this great article and you would understand. I have
also written about it extensively during the last 5 years (not knowing COVID
would accelerate the pace) so this is not really news. More logical and what
the piece above doesn’t cover is the dramatic shift from real-real estate to
that of virtual real-estate, and somewhere in between.
now in getting buildings to where they need to be is of utmost importance on
many accounts. The benefits with Digital Twins done right is that better
decisions can be taken, together with the right stakeholders, up to 99% faster
than traditional methods utilizing traditional tools. If people don’t want to
go to old, non-comforting assets. But instead need newer ones which cater to
the needs of the people. Just wait until real-real estate will have to compete
with virtual real-estate where the metaverse is as real as anything. That’s
when we can talk about obsolescence!
stepping stone from Modbus, BACnet, is only three steps away from the
Metaverse. And buildings with better carbon footprint, net-zero, amazing indoor-climate,
lower maintenance costs with predictive and prescriptive maintenance, AI-ready,
future-ready, it all could be realized in days and weeks. Not months or years.
How do I
know this? Because it’s my job to know what the future will do in a week, a
month, a year from now. And if you want to create the future before everyone
else? Reach out to me and we’ll make it happen!
CEO & Founder at WINNIIO Consulting
Nicolas Waern is the CEO, Strategy &
Innovation Leader, and a Digital Twin Implementation Specialist at the
consulting firm WINNIIO. He is a firm believer that the
Real Estate Industry needs more of a lifecycle focus where we need to go Beyond
Buildings and come back with an understanding what tools and technology we
could use. And to solve the jobs to be done, together, with an open mindset.
working with leaders in several industries to understand how they can succeed
in the age of AI. Predicting what the world will do in a week, a month, a year
from now and to best utilize strategies and solutions that pass the test of
time. He does this through a Digitalization- on Demand approach for anyone that
needs to change before they have to.
Nicolas is also a Podcast Creator & Newsletter Editor for Beyond Buildings
Thought Leader regarding Smart Buildings & Building Automation for AutomatedBuildings
Speaker and Influencer Event Streaming Platforms as the Holy Grail for Industry 4.0 Applications
Subject Matter Expert Real Estate Digitalization Proptech Digitalization Expert
Active Member of Digital Twin working groups Digital Twin Subject Matter Expert
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