The adoption of digital twin technology will be driven by culture, the technology itself and its potential to boost productivity according to Skanska head of digital construction David Throssell.
Throssell told a Bentley Systems TwinTalks virtual breakfast discussion that “we can’t stop the tide of digital”.
He added: “We need to do more for less. Certainly from our perspective we see an increase in productivity so it should mean better, faster, cheaper as far as our customers are concerned but it’s also delivering exactly what they need to them.
“Asset managers sometimes say, ‘this is great, normally I have a pile of paper and I spend three months typing all this information into my asset management system once the project is handed over’.
“I don’t think it’s a fad. It will change and it is changing.”
Skanska digitalisation director Felipe Manzatucci also described digital twins as “hugely important”, adding that they have the potential to “transform the fundamentals of how we maintain, operate and deliver assets”.
As a company, Skanska is embracing the on-going infrastructure digital revolution and working to embed innovation and the use of data into its day-to-day design and construction activities.
The use of such technology can also help with standards, security, remote work and the journey towards net zero carbon and sustainability.
Manzatucci highlighted this link between digital engineering and sustainability.
“One of the key drivers for digitising our business and the industry is so that carbon can be controlled, reduced and managed better,” he said.
“Digital carbon management tools allow us to measure carbon in a way that we can interpret and act upon in the earlier stages of a project when most of the critical decisions are being made. This gives the ability to see the impact of material choice and construction methodology on sustainability and carbon.
“These tools give us that data – they unlock the ability we have to meet our net zero carbon challenges.”
Department of Civil EngineeringDepartment of Civil Engineering – International Burch University (ibu.edu.ba)