Connected Digital Twins Summit – Quick reference programme

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Join us at our Connected Digital Twins SummitThursday 22 June 2023, 09:00-17:30

Why do we need to connect digital twins and what impact will this make?  

Welcome to our Connected Digital Twins Summit – a unique opportunity for the digital twin community to showcase significant advances in connected digital twins both in and across different industry sectors.  

We are delighted to announce that at 09:45am, Decarbonisation and Technology Minister, The Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP will launch the Transport Research and Innovation Board’s online Vision and Roadmap to 2035. The Minister’s attendance will underline the government’s priority to back advanced technologies that can deliver decarbonisation and improve services.

We’ll be streaming the event from Connected Places Catapult’s Urban Innovation Centre in London and featuring VIP keynotespanel discussions, the Gemini Call live, interactive working groupsdemo’s and showcase of digital twin innovation from the Digital Twin Hub community.

The Connected Digital Twins Summit is bringing together policy makers, asset owners, solution providers, academics and investors to:

  • Explore digital twin technologies across multiple sectors
  • Learn about the latest outputs and tools to enable collaboration across industries
  • Share views on overcoming barriers to connecting digital twins
  • Discover how to assess ROI and empower business decisions
  • Network with community members to spark ideas and business opportunities.

The event will also introduce the DfT Transport and Innovation Board Programme and present a showcase of SME-led use cases for digital twins.



Stream 1

MAIN STAGE: How can connected digital twins address industry challenges?  Chaired by Henry Fenby-Taylor, Athenophilia

Explore how businesses are taking advantage of the numerous benefits offered by digital twins, and how can connecting virtual systems of physical assets inform better decision-making, creating impact for business and society. 

09:25 – 09:30 Housekeeping and introduction to in-person delegates (Henry Fenby-Taylor, Athenophilia and DT Hub Community Council) 09:30 – 09:45 Welcome to everyone (Dr Alison Vincent, Chair, DT Hub Board and Justin Anderson, Director, DT Hub)09:45– 10:00 Launch of the Transport Research and Innovation Board online Vision and Roadmap to 2035 (The Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP10:00 – 10:25 Keynote: Why Connect Digital Twins? (Alison Vincent, Chair, DT Hub Strategic Board) 10:30 – 11:00 Networking and Exhibition11:00 – 11:20 Cyber-Physical Infrastructure Challenges for Industry: Landscape review (Simon Hart, Head of Digital Twins and Cyberphysical Infrastructure, Innovate UK) 11:25 – 11:55 Panel: Breaking Through the Digital Divide: Conquering barriers and unleashing the power of connected twins (Chaired by Justin Anderson, Director of the Digital Twin Hub, Connected Places Catapult) with David Wagg, The Alan Turing Institute, Miranda Sharp, ODI/Metis Digital, Keith Dear, Fujitsu, Gemma Beard IOTICS and Kjell Eriksson, DNV)12:00 – 12:25 Panel: Digital Twin Financing: The future of investment and the key to unlocking unprecedented asset value (Chaired by Mark Coates, Int. Director of Public Policy, Bentley Systems) with Steve Turner, Cities Commission for Climate Investment, Janet Greenwood, Infrastructure Advisory Group and Kjell Eriksson, DNV) 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch, Networking and Exhibition13:30 – 15:00 Gemini Call Live (Hosted by Simon Evans, Global Digital Energy Leader, Arup), featuring DNV, CACI, OnePlan, IOTICS, Decision Lab, 1Spatial, Fujitsu and Advanced Infastructure)15:05 – 15:30 Virtual Energy System – Decarbonising the energy sector with connected digital twins (Caroline Tortora, Head of Innovation and Digital Strategy, National Grid and Simon Evans, Global Digital Energy Leader, Arup and DT Hub Strategy Board)15:30 – 16:00 Break 16:00 – 16:20 Climate Resilience Demonstrator (Sarah Hayes, Engagement Lead, CReDo) 16:20 – 16:40 Space, time and digital twins (Charles Kennelly, Chief Technology Officer, ESRI UK)16:40 – 17:00 Fireside chat: Harnessing BIM to realise digital twins with Robert Bray, VP Global Marketing, Autodesk and Adam Matthews, Head of Strategy and Engagement, Digital Construction International)17:00 – 17:10 Final Words (Alison Vincent, Chair, DT Hub and Justin Anderson, Director of Digital Twins, Connected Places Catapult) 


Stream 2

SUPPORTING STAGE: How is the UK championing innovation in connected digital twins? Chaired by Chris Jones, Connected Places Catapult and Jonathan Eyre, High Value Manufacturing CatapultDigital twin research and development and the journey towards a cyber-physical infrastructure. This session features key projects and programmes across the Catapult Network, UK Government, and UK research councils, to stimulate systems-level innovation nationally.

11:00 – 11:55 Transport Research and Innovation Board Programme: Overview and SME use case presentations (Wolfgang Schuster, Executive Director, Innovation and Yalena Coleman, Director of Applied Data and Technology, Connected Places Catapult. With OpenSpace, Evotrack, Slingshot Simulations) 12:00 – 12:25 Digital Operations and Maintenance Environment (DOME) for Offshore Wind (Ben George, General Manager, Humber, Offshore and Renewable Energy Catapult)  12:30 – 13:25 Lunch, Networking and Exhibition 13:30 – 14:05 High Value Manufacturing Catapult (Jonathan Eyre, Senior Technical Fellow for Digital Twins, Connected Places Catapult)14:10 – 14:40 Energy Systems Catapult (Richard Dobson, Practice Manager, Data Systems, Energy Systems Catapult)14:45 – 15:20 Unlocking the insight and value of a dynamic digital twin for the Fawley IMIC (Emma Hitchman, Head of Commercial Pursuits, Satellite Applications Catapult, David Bradley, Senior Associate Director of Asset Management Advisory and Peter Matthews-Dixon, Associate Director and Information Management Lead, Jacobs)   15:30 – 16:00 Networking and Exhibition16:00 – 16:55 Interoperability Workshop (Justin Buck, Senior Marine Data Manager, British Oceanographic Data Centre with Anasol Pena-Rios, Research and Networks Strategy, BT Group, Sindu Manickam, Senior IIoT Technologist, Digital Catapult, Ben Ford, Technology and Innovation Manager-Operations, Network Rail and James Byrne, Research and Software Engineer, British Antarctic Survey)

Igloo immersive space experience (in-person only) See digital twins and connected systems in action using latest interactive technology, with TEKTowr, Royal HaskoningDHV, OnePlan and KPMG


Stream 3

AUDITORIUM: How our community is coming together to enable connected digital twins Interactive Training/Working Group Sessions  Chaired by John Holden, Digital Twin Hub

Understand key issues, open standards and more through hands-on working groups with members from the Digital Twin Hub Strategic Board and Advisory Group. These sessions focus on specific areas of interest as identified by the Digital Twin Hub community.  

11:00 – 11:25 Stimulating Innovation in Digital Twins through R&D Funding (Mark Gasgarth, Head of Digital Security and Resilience, EPSRC and DT Hub Advisory Group)   11:30 – 11:55 DT Hub Working Group: Governance Model and Trust (Anne-Marie Friel, Partner, Pinsent Masons, Sarah Cameron, Legal Director Pinsent Masons LLP, Joseph Otoo, Senior Legal Counsel and Associate Director, ARUP, Angela Baker, Data Assurance Programme Lead, ODI)   12:00 – 12:25 DT Hub Working Group: Open Standards and Interoperability (Ben Ford, Technology and Innovation Manager – Operations, Network Rail, Charles Kennelly, CTO, Esri UK, Mark Enzer, Vice Chair, Digital Twin Hub) 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch   13:30 – 14:05 DT Hub Working Group: Business Case and Demonstrating Value (Liz St Louis, Assistant Director of Smart Cities, Sunderland City Council, Davin Crowley Sweet, Chief Data Officer, Network Rail)  14:10 – 14:45 DT Hub Working Group: Digital Skills and Building Capability (Mark Coates, International Director of Public Policy, Bentley Systems and Matt Edwards, Chief Data Officer, Anglian Water Services)   14:50 – 15:25 Gemini Alliance: Shaping the future of digital innovation (Justin Anderson, Director, Digital Twin Hub, John Erkoyuncu, Professor of Digital Engineering and Head of CDEM, Cranfield University, Melissa Zanocco OBE, Infrastructure Client Group and Co-Chair, DT Hub Community Council and Stuart Pearson, ODI. 16:00 – 16:55 Interactive Training Session: Realising the potential of digital twins (David Tarrant, Academic Lead, Open Data Institute, Matt Edwards, Chief Data Officer, Anglian Water)

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