Software Tools Supporting Advanced Design Requirements for Digital Twins

Erik Kjems, John K. Arthur

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This paper intends to present considerations for designing a Digital Twin (DT). DT’s have up till now primarily been developed post construction, when Operation & Maintenance (O&M) where involved in the final phase of a new construction. When DT’s are looked at as add-ons one has already lost a vital momentum during the design phase. DT’s have to be considered as part of the BIM design and take its origin in the O&M demands but should also be used for extensive simulations long before construction or implementation of any kind of construction including infrastructure systems. Unfortunately, this is not really possible because design tools do not provide any features during design to include DT related functionality. This positional paper will discuss and present relevant considerations for necessary tools to develop DT’s during the design phases, what is needed, where the challenges lie from a software development point of view, but certainly how DT’s can profit from early design considerations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 38th International Conference of CIB W78, Luxembourg, 13-15 October
EditorsSylvain Kubicki
Publication date2021
Article number22
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventThe Joint Conference CIBW 78 - LDAC 2021 : The 38th CIB W78 conference on Information and Communication Technologies for AECO and the 8th LDAC workshop - Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg
Duration: 11 Oct 202115 Oct 2021
Conference number: 38th and 8th


ConferenceThe Joint Conference CIBW 78 - LDAC 2021
Number38th and 8th
LocationLuxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the 37th International Conference of CIB W78

Bibliographical note



  • Digital Twins
  • BIM
  • Infrastructure
  • Software
  • Development
  • Feature
  • Design


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