Dear TeamCAD website visitors,

TeamCAD’s friend and BIM associate, Mr. Predrag Jovanović is participating at the “XLVII Symposium on operational research” organized by the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering in Belgrade. This is the translation of his paper covering “Digital Twin Technology And Its Application In The Different Technical Disciplines With Reference In The Construction Industry" chosen by prof. dr. Goran Ćirović from the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad.

Summary: The paper presents a complete analysis of digital twin technology from a detailed explanation of what digital twin technology is, through an explanation in which technical disciplines it can be used and what are the benefits of using digital twin technology with examples from projects.

 

1. How The Digital Twin Technology Is Created And What It Represents Today?

The technology of making a digital twin model, in the format we know today, which is an existing or designed object or building and its identical copy in digital format, was created in 2002. It was first used in astronomy by NASA for producing and purchasing different components and systems from different suppliers. Digital twin models have been primarily used to calculate the life cycle of components, systems, and various assemblies and objects after installation, fabrication, and construction. Essentially, digital twins were used to calculate the cost of maintenance or life cycle of various components, systems, assemblies and objects, by making various simulations of phenomena and processes on their digital format replicas that would occur on existing objects.

By approaching the creation of a digital replica of an existing object, component or system and simulating various "real world" influences on them in the digital world, we come in a much cheaper way to data on all aspects and causes of life cycle costs of a particular object, component or system in a real environment and under the real influences of various phenomena that interact with an object, component or system.

It is important to mention a few more things related to the digital twin. The digital twin is one of the pillars of the fourth industrial revolution, and the potential and savings that this technology brings are becoming more and more obvious. Digital twins can be classified in many ways depending on the point of view. I think that the best way is to classify digital twins into digital twins of objects and buildings that are the subject of fabrication or construction and objects and buildings that have already been made or built, but we need additional information about those objects.

 

2. Digital Twins Of Objects Being Fabricated Or Constructed

With this type of digital twin, we typically mean objects that are subject to future fabrication or construction and that they do not exist in the real world in the moment of making a digital twin model. In this digital twin generation workflow, we first mean creating a BIM model, which is almost always an object or part of it being design. By object or part of a designed object, I mean objects such as buildings or parts thereof, cars or parts thereof, production line or parts of a production line, dynamic objects, traffic simulation or pedestrian motion in various scenarios, simulation of the destruction of a building (progressive collapse), etc.

All of the above objects or parts of objects that are subject to future fabrication or construction are characterized by the fact that from a BIM point of view they can be considered as fully static BIM models and cannot be attributed to the dynamic properties that underlie any simulation process.

DIGITAL TWIN TECHNOLOGY AND ITS APPLICATION IN THE DIFFERENT TECHNICAL DISCIPLINES WITH REFERENCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

This further leads us to the conclusion that the critical difference between the BIM model and the object's digital twin, which is the object of fabrication or construction, is the ability to simulate with different digital tools the influences from the real environment, that is, to apply different dynamic influences to the BIM model.

 

3. Digital Twins Of Objects That Are Made Or Built

With this type of digital twin, we typically mean objects that are already made or built. At the very beginning, we face the question: “Why would you create a digital model or digital twin for anything that is already made or built? Apart from the additional cost, which cannot be considered as any benefit, what economic benefit can one expect from such a model? "
To explain the need for making a digital twin of existing objects in the simplest way, I am going to give a straightforward example from everyday life.

I belong to a generation that used rotary dial phones daily in childhood.

DIGITAL TWIN TECHNOLOGY AND ITS APPLICATION IN THE DIFFERENT TECHNICAL DISCIPLINES WITH REFERENCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Later, of course, I used cordless home phones, then cell phones, and here I am in the modern era in which I happily use all the benefits of human achievement, and therefore "smartphones".

Let’s compare what information the rotary dial phone contained about its owner versus the smartphone.

Apart from the phone number, to which you could call not me but my family, there was virtually no information regarding the phone owner. With the advent of smartphones, a wealth of information about the phone owner and the number assigned to the owner is available. Free international communication is possible via the telephone number and specific applications. The information about himself that the smartphone user wants to share is accessible to everyone.

It's important to note that the first smartphone came out in mid-2007. From a smartphone user perspective of just thirteen years, we can't imagine going back to the old handsets with the rotary dial, since the capabilities between it and the smartphone are merely hard to compare - both devices are phones, but they do not necessarily belong to the same device category.

The question arises if it is necessary that now, even though we have new and very effective digital tools to digitize existing objects, we need the facilities we have already built to be digitized? Quite simply, why do we need it, and what will the digital twin of the made and built object serve us in the first place?

Take the existing building as an example and imagine the situation when walking through a building to ask the building owner what are the properties of a wall - what is its thickness, what material is it made of, what is the brand of the concrete wall, is it bearing wall, whether it has a finish and of which thickness, from which material the finish is made, is the load-bearing capacity of the wall such that we can hang brackets for pipes of a certain weight, which is the fire resistance of the wall, whether we can make a hole in the wall to accommodate the damper and "pull-in" the cooling or heating duct when planning a wall painting, what is the wall area in order to calculate the cost of wall painting, etc.

DIGITAL TWIN TECHNOLOGY AND ITS APPLICATION IN THE DIFFERENT TECHNICAL DISCIPLINES WITH REFERENCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

I am convinced that it would take a few days for the building owner to answer the above questions if we assume that he did not have a digital twin model of the building. Simply, the owner of the building would have to go through a pile of paper to get the information I needed, he would have to contact the archive for some information, and I am sure he would not be able to find some information.

However, if the building owner had a digital twin building model, I am confident that for some questions, I would get answers within minutes, and for slightly more complex questions, such as wall openings and wall-mounted pipe holders I believe I would get the answer in a few hours.

I think that you have, through a straightforward example of an ordinary wall, seen the potential of a digital twin of an existing facility, which, for example, can save you significant financial resources by optimizing the cost of maintaining the facility, finding the best option for renovating, upgrading and adapting industrial facilities to a different purpose and finally when calculating the operating costs and life cycle of the facility.

 

4. Digital Simulation Tools For Digital Twins Models

When talking about digital simulation tools for the digital twin, keep in mind that we are entering the rainforest, and it is very difficult to capture all the tools available. Therefore, I am going to list just a few of the most important digital simulation tools for digital twins and write a few sentences about each tool.

  • CFD (Computational fluid dynamics) is a calculation of fluid dynamics and is part of fluid mechanics, which uses numerical analysis and structured data to solve problems related to fluid and gaseous fluid behavior. CFD analysis has an extensive application including forces and moments on various digital models, pressure in tubes caused by liquid and gaseous substances contained in the tubes, explosion analysis, simulation of motion and flow of different types of particles, temperature action, simulation of weather, the behavior of digital models in an air tunnel, etc.

DIGITAL TWIN TECHNOLOGY AND ITS APPLICATION IN THE DIFFERENT TECHNICAL DISCIPLINES WITH REFERENCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

  • Dynamo is a digital tool used for parametric non-standard modeling, generating additional and non-standard data for more efficient calculations within the BIM discipline model; for processing, manipulation and easier visualization of generated data in the BIM model and orderly data exchange between different disciplines in a multidisciplinary BIM project process. Dynamo is a programming language and is based on the principle of visual programming. The reason that makes it one of the favorite digital tools for automating the BIM project process is that it is integrated with the Revit platform and does not require any additional procurement costs. It is easy to learn and does not require much programming experience. A huge advantage of including Dynamo, as a digital tool for automating the BIM project process, is that a once written Dynamo script, which automates a certain logical part of the BIM project process, can be used on an unlimited number of projects. This, to a well-designed Dynamo script applicable to multiple projects, gives tremendous value and brings great savings to project participants.
  • Python is an object-oriented programming language most commonly used to generate, transfer, and process data in the BIM workflow. Python helps as effectively as Revit plugin (PyRevit) or as part of Dynamo scripts integrated into Dynamo “Node”. What characterizes Python is that it is also a favorite tool in data science, system automation, API development, etc. Otherwise, the first book written to learn developers on using the Python programming language is called “Automate the Boring Stuff.” This fact simplifies any further explanation of why Python serves the domain of BIM workflow automation, both for operations in the BIM discipline model and in a multidisciplinary BIM project environment.

  • Sensors - For made or built objects, different types of sensors are used to measure the values needed to optimize pre-existing elements within an existing object. For example, sensors can measure the number of people in a particular room. Then the data obtained can be compared with the data assumed by the architect during project design. If the number of people in a given room is consistently higher than the assumed number, the building owner can optimize the machine's system of fresh air injection. Similar is possible with measuring the brightness of rooms. By comparing the data thus obtained, if an error is detected, the building owner can correct the deficiencies to give the building user adequate comfort.

  • Machine learning is a digital tool that is defined as a sub-area of artificial intelligence. Machine learning is a process where a machine is learning things based on the experience and imitation of human actions in certain repetitive circumstances. In simple terms, machine learning is based on observing the actions a person performs when encountering a specific typical problem. After several repetitions, the program that "monitors the human" learns and adopts the algorithm of human behavior and assumes the execution of the same operation that he learned "monitoring the human".

  • Given that artificial intelligence is not yet able to make very complex decisions and look at the problems that occur with data generated by different simulations, I think that we cannot yet speak of the massive and default use of artificial intelligence as a digital tool to simulate the process in a digital twin.

 

5. The Savings That Digital Twins Bring

  • By applying BIM workflow and digital tools used in various simulations on the digital twin model, and with proper BIM management of the complete BIM project process, there are between 5% and 15% more problems in the early stages of the project process, that is, long before the contracting project and the construction of the facility itself, which brings significant savings to the investor financially (data given by investor “Landlease”);
  • The use of different sensors in buildings, which generate data through data processing platforms, helps to automate the equipment in the facility more easily and efficiently, which improves the energy efficiency of the building and at the same time improves the comfort of the building occupants;
  • By analyzing the data collected through sensors in already fabricated and constructed objects and incorporating such data in the design process of future objects, the investor makes significant savings in the speed of fabrication or construction of the object, in the selection and installation of equipment, which, as a consequence, brings significant financial savings to the investor;
  • By developing and permanently implementing a digital strategy, which involves developing digital twin models, incorporating different sensors into existing objects and processing the data obtained from them, the investor receives "collective knowledge and experience" classified by object type, which in future projects of objects classified by type and purpose, brings significant financial savings at all stages of the project, then during the construction of the facility and in the life cycle of the facility itself;
  • Given that it is difficult to expect a price drop of urban construction land and site fitting, the only segment where an investor of building construction can make savings is to optimize the implementation of the BIM workflow and to produce digital twins, in which the digital performance of the simulation tools will permanently improve the performance of the building in all stages of project design, during and after construction.

 

6. Digital Twins Examples

  • Using sensors on the bridge, vibration data was collected during regular traffic. According to the project documentation made following the norms from 1975, the bridge needed to be reconstructed. The client turned to Arup to check whether it is possible to postpone the reconstruction of the bridge for some time if the current norms are respected. Instead of the classical approach, where we would do static calculations according to existing norms, Arup suggested to the client that the sensors should be used to measure the vibrations on the existing bridge during regular traffic and thus make an assessment of the condition of the bridge. Over the next four months, data on bridge vibrations during regular traffic were constantly collected and this data was transferred to the "Cloud" via IoT (Internet of Things). After processing the data obtained from the sensors, the measured vibrations showed that, with minimal interventions where only one sensor showed higher vibrations than the prescribed norms, it is possible to postpone the reconstruction of the bridge for at least seven years. If we take into account that the bridge is located near the port, which has very intensive ship traffic, the client is provided with great savings, because it was not necessary to close the port during the two-month minimum works on the reconstruction of the bridge.

  • Using sensors in the already constructed building, Arup Architecture, at the request of the building tenant, requested temperature measurements in each room for a month in order to check the heating and cooling system after the completion of the construction of the business building. After the measurements and data transfer via the "Internet of Things", and then the processing of the obtained data, the average temperature in each room was obtained during a previously defined time interval. The obtained data indicated that the average temperature in some rooms deviated from the expected values predicted by the project. In this case, the lower temperature than expected was an obstacle for the tenant of the business facility to achieve full comfort. Due to the fact that the constructed building had its digital twin in the "Cloud", via IoT (Internet of Things) and Forge platform in a very simple way it was possible to adjust the operation of the heating and cooling system so that the tenant provides maximum comfort.

DIGITAL TWIN TECHNOLOGY AND ITS APPLICATION IN THE DIFFERENT TECHNICAL DISCIPLINES WITH REFERENCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

  • Courtesy of "Mat-real Estate", a company owned by the consortium "Matijevic", the company "TeamCAD doo" made the first digital twin model of the existing construction facility "Sad Novi Bazaar" in Novi Sad. First, the BIM model of disciplines was developed, and then the BIM model was converted from the "Cloud" BIM 360 model to a web-based model of the digital twin on the "Autodesk Forge" platform. The reason why the BIM 360 Cloud model was converted to a web-based BIM model built on the Autodesk Forge platform is that all the power of digital twins remains trapped in the Revit model, which is often only available to a small group of users, because in order to view and use such a model it is necessary to have licensed software, a sufficiently strong computer, technical prior knowledge related to the use of the software, access to the original file, etc.

DIGITAL TWIN TECHNOLOGY AND ITS APPLICATION IN THE DIFFERENT TECHNICAL DISCIPLINES WITH REFERENCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

In order to make the digital twin with all the accompanying information available to a large number of users, we have developed a web application that makes this possible.

DIGITAL TWIN TECHNOLOGY AND ITS APPLICATION IN THE DIFFERENT TECHNICAL DISCIPLINES WITH REFERENCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Web application relies on relatively new Autodesk Forge technology, the model is translated from Revit with all the information, while the rest of the application is programmed in JavaScript programming language, relying on jQuery, Bootstrap, Node, Node express…

With the help of the offered web application, it is possible to access the digital twin from any modern internet browser (we recommend Google Chrome). In the pictures shown, there is the first digital twin in Serbia. This is the shopping center "Sad Novi Bazaar", which was done in cooperation with the company Matijevic from Novi Sad.

The application allows you to view the model, display building information, isolate parts of the building, walk through the model, etc.

You can access the application via the address: https://digitalni-blizanci.teamcad.rs/

 

7. Conclusion

Digital twin technology is a relatively new technology, which is proving its value day by day through optimization during the project development for buildings in construction, as well as in monitoring and optimizing the life cycle of the building and equipment installed in it.

The technology of digital twins strongly relies on BIM technology and chronologically it can be said that BIM technology is the starting point for further elaboration of the project with digital twin technology. Apart from the project process, the technology of digital twins becomes irreplaceable in the maintenance of existing buildings, then in the automotive industry, shipbuilding, aircraft industry, biomechanics, various digital simulations such as traffic simulation, simulation of evacuation behavior during emergencies, etc.

The most commonly used simulation tools in digital twin technology are CFD analysis (Computational fluid dynamics), simulations and procedures based on data generated by different sensors and processed by different data processing tools, most often using the programming language "Python", etc.

Today, machine learning technology is widely used, as an integral part of digital twin technology, where after collecting and analyzing data, automated systems without human participation make decisions that achieve significant savings in the operation of both equipment and entire systems in order to optimize the costs of their exploitation.

 

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Dear TeamCAD website visitors,

We are continuing about interesting topics about BIM project process and Digital Twins technology. As I have announced in the previous article “Storing And Availability Of Digital Twin Model Data - Are The Forge And The Cloud The Best Solutions?” today I will be addressing the following “Analysis and visualization of data in Digital Twins technology – Cloud and Autodesk Forge”.

In the “Storing And Availability Of Digital Twin Model Data - Are The Forge And The Cloud The Best Solutions?” article I have tried to give an explanation about the options to store data and make them always accessible to all of the BIM project process stakeholders. Just as a reminder – I have covered the subject of storing and availability of data during the BIM project process in a couple of previous articles: “Data Management In The Digital Twin Of The Building”“Advanced BIM data management”, etc.

I am of the opinion that I have rounded up the subject of data storing and availability during the BIM project process in my previous articles, so today I will be considering further processing od data in the Digital Twin model.

Podaci digitalnih blizanaca

No matter the source of generated data, during the BIM project process or coming from sensors or IoT, the question is how to analyze this data, how to visualize and make them available to all project stakeholders, at any given moment during all project phases, but also during the completed building project lifecycle. Therefore, in today`s article, I will be intensively focusing on BIM project process, Digital Twins technology, Cloud and Autodesk Forge platform, and project environments. To start, I will define the meaning of the mentioned terms:

  • BIM is a project process that relies on a data-rich 3D model, serving as a starting point for design in various engineering disciplines, as well as for multidisciplinary collaboration in all of the project phases. Also, we may say that BIM technology is the basis of every Digital Twin model and that in fact, BIM data-rich model is the starting point of transforming the BIM model into the Digital Twin model.
  • Digital Twins technology is the technology that is based on the digital replica of the physical data, processes, and systems and represents the digital simulation of the reality that can be used for various purposes.
  • Cloud technology is relying on the external set of servers that can be accessed via the internet. These can hold different model types, databases, software for data processing and analysis, etc. The key advantage of the Cloud technology compared to traditional internal servers is that the Cloud can handle an enormous amount of data while it is available to all stakeholders in the way it is set up in the data access protocol between the project participants. In the building and construction industry, Cloud solutions enable the usage continuity of the BIM technology and Digital Twins technology, from the conceptual design throughout the following project phases up to finished construction, and afterward during maintenance of the building during its complete lifecycle.
  • Autodesk Forge platform is based on the web service application that enables the integration of SaaS solutions (Fusion Team, BIM 360, etc.) in user workflow and/or implementation of any components used in these Autodesk user solutions for web applications or mobile phone and tablet apps.

Digitalni blizanci

After we have defined these technologies that will be the focus of today`s article, let us get back to data. In order to be sure that all of the readers will be completely confident with all of the processes associated with data, let us look at the data in the Digital Twin model from the Data Science perspective. If we take that there is no core difference between the data in the Data Science and data in the Digital Twins technology, processes connected to data can be roughly divided in this way:

  • Data collection
  • Data storage and availability.
  • Data analysis and visualization.
  • Decisions and actions based on the data analysis results.

Based on the fact that the detailed consideration of all the data connected processes would very hardly fit into one article, my intention in today`s article is to precisely consider process of data analysis and data visualization in the Digital Twins technology, while in the following articles I will write about other processes connected to data.

Analiza i vizuelizacija podataka

 

Data Analysis and Visualization

No matter where was the BIM or Digital Twin model data generated, whether during the BIM project process, by different sensor measurements or by using IoT, I believe that every reader of this article is aware that its analysis and visualization can be considered as the key tool which enables us to achieve considerable savings. It is equally possible to save during the BIM project process, but also in the scenario when we strive to optimize economic and ecological aspect of building exploitation.

But, Cloud and Autodesk Forge platforms do not give us the possibility of maximum optimization only in the industries in which we are used to presence of BIM and Digital Twins technology – like airplane industry, shipbuilding, construction, bio-mechanics, etc. Cloud based models using the Autodesk Forge platform enables us to, besides desktop applications, make the necessary analysis and visualization of data in the Cloud project environment, as well as on the Autodesk Forge platform.

When we want to analyze and visualize the data from the BIM or Digital Twins model, we can use many tools and access points, but in today`s article I will focus on the most efficient and mostly used data analysis and visualization methods with the potentially widest application in various areas and disciplines. In the following part of the article, I will address both desktop solutions, as well as Cloud solutions that give the possibility of efficient BIM or Digital Twins model data analysis and visualization. For the very end of this text, I will write about Autodesk Forge, as the platform where everything is possible.

Cloud rešenja

 

Mostly used tools for BIM and Digital Twin model analysis and visualization

Depending on the purpose for which the Digital Twin model was made, we can use different tools that help us to process data most efficiently in the Digital Twin model. Despite mentioned, we can roughly divide the Digital Twin model data processing methodology like so:

  • CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) is the calculation of the fluid dynamics and it represents part of the fluid mechanics that as the basis of the analysis considers numerical analysis and structured data to solve the problems connected to fluid behavior in a liquid or gaseous state. CFD analysis has wide application including force and force moments on various digital models, pipe pressure caused by matters in liquid and gaseous state present in the pipeline, explosion analysis, motion and flow of different particle types, temperature impact, weather condition simulations, the behavior of digital models in air tunnel, etc.

CFD

  • Dynamo is the digital tool that is used for parametric non-standard modeling, generating of additional and non-standard data for more efficient calculations in the area of BIM model, for processing, manipulation and easier visualization of generated data in the BIM model, and for managed data exchange between different disciplines in the multidisciplinary BIM project process. Dynamo is the programming language based on the principle of visual programming. The reason why it is popular as a tool for BIM and Digital Twin model data analysis and visualization is that it is integrated with the Autodesk Revit platform and that there are no additional charges. It is easy to learn and it does not require big programming experience. Huge advantage of including Dynamo as the BIM project process automatization is that, once written Dynamo script that processes data of a particular logical group of the BIM project process, can be used on an unlimited number of projects, gives great value and brings significant savings to the project stakeholders.
  • Python is the object-oriented programming language most frequently used for generating, transferring, analysis and visualization of the BIM and Digital Twins model data. Python equally efficiently helps as the Revit plugin (PyRevit) or as the part of Dynamo scripts integrated in the Dynamo “Node”. What characterizes Python is that it is the favorite tool also in the Data Science, system automation, API development, etc. Also, the first book, which was teaching programmers about the Python language was titled “Automate the boring stuff”. This fact maximally simplifies every further explanation what is Python used for in the domain of automated analysis and visualization of BIM data, in both BIM discipline models and a multidisciplinary BIM project environment.
  • Power BI is the digital tool that in the very simple manner does the analysis and visualization of data, not just in the domain of BIM and Digital Twins technologies, but also in Data Science wider contest. It has embedded tools that very efficiently systematize data from various sources and environments, then put them on their own platform, which was intended for analysis and visualization of data. Power BI enables us also to more efficiently address all the problems from the data angle and to make decisions in an easier and safer way, but also act upon them based on the data generated in the BIM or Digital Twins model. This platform is characterized by a very simple user interface and ease of learning and analysis and visualization of data.

Power BI

  • Machine learning is the digital tool defined as the sub-discipline of artificial intelligence. It is based on machine learning based on human experience an impersonation of human activities that repeat over time. To put it simply, machine learning is based on watching actions performed by humans while addressing the typical problems. After a certain number of repetitions, the program “overlooks humans” while learning and acquiring behavioral algorithms and takes over the execution of the same operation in the future.

Machine learning

The above mentioned tools are the most powerful tools for analysis and visualization of data generated during the BIM project process or by developing model of the Digital Twin. Of course, there are many other digital tools that are very useful for successful analysis and visualization of data, but, the goal of this article is not representation of all the possible tools for successful implementation of BIM project process automation, it is to give you the idea in what direction you should consider when trying to find the best digital tools for analysis and visualization of data generated during BIM project process or during development of the Digital Twin model.

 

The best and the most compact tools for data analysis and visualization in the Cloud solutions

When talking about the best and brightest, the most compact Cloud tools for analysis and visualization of data, generated during the BIM project process or development of the Digital Twins model, we cannot go around the following Cloud solutions:

  • BIM 360 is the Cloud solution that can be considered the best option at this moment for the BIM project environment. Key advantage of the BIM 360 Cloud project environment is that it provides the same project user experience to all of the stakeholders in the BIM project process during all of the phases, during the construction of the building object, and finally during the whole lifecycle of the completed building during its exploitation. Huge advantage while working in BIM 360 project interface is that it enables handover of the BIM models during all phases of the project, which gives the investor huge savings and consistency of the data throughout the project lifecycle. Different modules give insight in the various types of data at any given moment of the BIM project process, where data is represented in the very simple, understandable manner. With additional analysis and visualization of the data it is possible to make conclusions and decisions and visualize them in the BIM 360 project environment, while making everything available to all of the stakeholders.

BIM 360

  • Fusion 360 is the Cloud project environment very similar to the BIM 360, but as the BIM 360 is intended for the BIM workflow, Fusion 360 is intended for development and design of the various products. It also, very efficiently, supports iterations during the design and virtual testing of the object, product or assembly. We can say that Fusion 360 is the most complete Cloud project solution during all phases of the development of products, assemblies, industrial solutions, etc.

Autodesk Fusion 360

  • Configurator 360 is the Cloud solution that gives the possibility of development of any type of product based on client`s needs. Product that the potential buyers can order in the Cloud environment Configurator 360 is based on component parts and basically the potential buyer configures the product it wants to order, choosing between the offered parts that the seller offers on the Configurator 360 Cloud platform. This Cloud solution has a huge application in the furniture industry, parts and components of complicated systems and in many other industries.

Configurator 360

 

His majesty – Autodesk Forge

If you have carefully read the description and possibilities of the above mentioned Cloud solutions I hope that you have noticed that all three Cloud options are connected by one thing. Namely, all three Cloud project solutions are characterized by a mutual project environment for all of the stakeholders, transparency of the generated data, compatibility of different formats integrated on one platform, access to data generated during all project phases for all participants, possibility of analysis and visualization of data in the common project environment, etc. Does it seem to you that all three before mentioned Cloud solution are based on the same platform? If your answer is “YES!” you have guessed it right.

Namely, BIM 360, Fusion 360 and Configurator 360 are all based on the Autodesk Forge technology and practically represent different variations of Autodesk Forge intended for different demands when considering project environment and data type that are processed during the project lifecycle.

But, despite the similarities with BIM 360, Fusion 360 and Configurator 360, Autodesk Forge platform gives the possibility of making web models, where all the functionality of the BIM or Digital Twin model, on all levels, including the analysis and visualization level, remains available to all users, despite the fact that it changes the format when transforming from BIM or Digital Twin model to Autodesk Forge model. In this way, Autodesk Forge gives the top level management an option to see all of the advantages of the BIM and Digital Twins technologies, without additional learning in an easy and simple way. Web model generated on the Autodesk Forge platform, in this way, really enables all project process stakeholders, to check any segment of the model, piece of data or current state of the project, via web model, using a desktop computer, tablet or smartphone.

Autodesk Forge

We can safely conclude, thanks to the Autodesk Forge platform it is possible to realize full cooperation and collaboration on all levels, between all stakeholders in the project process, in a very simple intuitive way, without huge effort to learn BIM or Digital Twins technologies.

Here I will finish this article “Analysis and visualization of data in Digital Twins technology – Cloud and Autodesk Forge” and my opinion about the currently available solutions for analysis and visualization in the Digital Twins technology. I would like to announce my next article “Decisions and actions based on results of Digital Twins data analysis”.

If you have any questions, comments or want to know more details about the topic I covered in this and previous articles please contact TeamCAD, which will be pleased to provide you with additional information.

Also, if you need advice on how to best apply digital twin technology or you want to apply digital twin technology to your project or constructed facility, please contact TeamCAD, who will be happy to help you.

 

Until the next time,

Predrag Jovanović

 

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Previous articles on the similar topic:

“Storing And Availability Of Digital Twin Model Data - Are The Forge And The Cloud The Best Solutions?”

„Sensors and IoT in The Digital Twin Technology"

"Data Is The New Gold, Does The Same Apply To Data In Digital Twins?"

"The Big Savings BEP Brings To The Investor "

"The BIM Modelling Convention"

"What Is LOD - The Level Of Detail Of BIM Elements?"

"What Is BEP And What Should It Contain?"

"Data Management In The Digital Twin Of The Building" 

"Digital Twins In The Construction Industry" 

"What Are The Digital Twins?"

"Small But Big Savings in The BIM Workflow - Examples" 

"BIM Workflow Automation"

"Advanced BIM data management"

 

 


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