National Digital Twin programme to 2022
The National Digital Twin programme was created to guide industry towards building a smarter nation that improves lives and creates a more sustainable planet for the public good.
What is a National Digital Twin?
Individual digital twins are already being constructed across the country, creating efficiencies and better outcomes through improved use of data. The NDTp is creating the building blocks to enable these isolated twins to connect and form an ecosystem of interconnected digital twins. Each connection takes us one step closer to creating a National Digital Twin and unlocking the immense value of sharing high-quality, secure data.
The vision is not a huge singular twin of the entire built environment. Instead, it is an ecosystem of connected digital twins, or a ‘federation’ of digital twins, joined together via securely shared data.
Serving the public good
The NDTp has undertaken a collaborative and transparent approach to aligning the digital twin community and ensuring best practice and progress are shared. All aspects of the programme have a social-technical perspective, with the goal of empowering others to advance change and embrace connected digital twins within their own organisations.
Founded on the Gemini Principles, the aim is to serve the public good: interconnected data sharing leads to better insights, learnings and decision-making, with huge benefits in creating a more efficient, sustainable and cost-effective built and natural environment.
- Enable a National Digital Twin – an ecosystem of connected digital twins to foster better outcomes
- Deliver an Information Management Framework – to ensure secure resilient data sharing and effective information management
- Align a Digital Framework Task Group – to provide coordination and alignment among key players
The NDTp formed as a collaboration across industry, academia and Government. Senior leaders from across the industry joined the Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) which acted as an advisory group for the NDTp.
Benefits of the National Digital Twin
Transparent stakeholder engagement. Better outcomes for the ultimate customers – the public – taxpayers/bill payers/fare payers/voters. Improved customer satisfaction and experience through higher-performing infrastructure and the services it provides.
Increased national productivity from higher-performing and resilient infrastructure operating as a system. Improved measurement of outcomes. Better outcomes per whole-life pound. Enhanced information security and thereby personnel, physical and cyber security.
New markets, new services, new business models, new entrants. Improved business efficiency from higher-performing infrastructure. Optimised delivery efficiency, benefiting the whole value chain – investors, owners, asset managers, contractors, consultants, suppliers. Reduced uncertainty and better risk management.
Less disruption and waste. More reuse and greater resource efficiency – a key enabler of the circular economy in the built environment. Key to addressing global environmental concerns such as NetZero. Impossible to solve in silos – only through an interconnected approach can progress happen.
To make the vision of the NDT a reality, we need to have the right components and practices in place. Having accomplished a lot of the groundwork, the programme focused on developing three areas:
The Digital Twin Hub
A web-enabled collaborative community for early adopters or future users of digital twins from across the spectrum of industry, academia and policy.Go to the DT Hub community
An Information Management Framework
To establish a common language by which digital twins can communicate securely and effectively, covering everything from information governance to standards and security.Go to the IMF
The National Digital Twin Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo)
A project to examine the impact of extreme weather on energy, water and telecoms networks, and how a collaborative, data-sharing approach can improve their resilience to climate change.Go to CReDo
NDTp progress towards a National Digital Twin
A paper setting out the proposed principles to guide the National Digital Twin and the Information Management Framework.
A prioritised plan for five core streams responsible for the delivery of the Information Management Framework.
Digital Twin Hub
A web-enabled community for early adopters of digital twins to learn through sharing and progress by doing
A paper advocating a shift in vision for infrastructure that is people-focused and system-based
Pathway towards an IMF
A technical paper and a summary paper on the proposed technical core for the Information Management Framework
This programme developed resources for the DT Hub community and expanded the outreach of the Information Management Framework and of the NDTp itself.
Skills and Competency Framework
A paper outlining the skills and competencies needed across a range of relevant roles to achieve a National Digital Twin.
Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo)
A specific example of connected digital twins across water, power and communications infrastructure – connecting data to create unified map to highlight areas of interest, working towards flood impact modelling.
DT Hub Community Council
The launch of an advisory council, giving a voice to the DT Hub community in its journey towards an ecosystem of connected digital twins.
These published papers establish a vision for the future, showcasing the vital role that connected digital twins play in improving social, economic, and environmental outcomes, to create a better quality of life for all.