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    About the event Creating the products that will lead the delivery of true net zero will require transformational change in the product engineering, assurance, and production process. Innovative integration across the entire product, service and infrastructure enterprise will be essential to deliver the ambitious levels of performance that customers, society, and the environmental imperative demand. Digitalisation offers an opportunity to unlock transformation of our industrial system and is a core enabler to ensuring that the UK plays a dominant role in the definition of future mobility solutions. Novel information and data management systems will facilitate the ability to integrate the product & service enterprise across the entire value chain - essential if technology is to be exploited effectively. Digitalisation offers the potential to “democratise excellence” across the entire supply base and across our broad national industrial footprint. In this session, led by experts from the Institute of Digital Engineering, we look at one of today’s top technology trends, Digital Twins, and how it’s changing the way businesses operate, the customer experience, and its contribution to cleaner, more efficient, and safer products and services. But what is exactly is a digital twin and how can it add value? Is this the key to sustainability and future economic success, or is it just the new toy on the market? Speakers for this event include: Mark Enzer OBE, Head of National Digital Twin programme (CDBB), Chief Technical Officer at Mott MacDonald Jose Garcia-Urruchi, Head of Digital Engineering Capability - Jaguar Land Rover Peter Van Manen, Principal Consultant - Frazer-Nash Consultancy Louise Krug, Technical Lead – BT Bradley Yorke-Biggs, CEO & Professor of Practice – Institute of Digital Engineering IDE UK Register for this free webinar at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/road-to-cop26-digitalisation-tickets-168562441801
  3. The vision of a National Digital Twin as an ecosystem of connected digital twins enabling better social and economic outcomes across the built environment continues to gain wide support. But to make it a reality, we need people with the right skills to put it into play. “Collaborate on the rules and compete on the game” is a phrase we use to describe how we want connected digital twins to evolve. The sporting analogy carries over well into skills. We want the best teams to deliver on the National Digital Twin, not just a team of strikers or goalkeepers but diverse teams with a range of skillsets and capabilities. Diversity has to be at the heart of a skills strategy ensuring that the future workforce is more effective. The skills & competency framework sets out the skills that are needed to manage information and work with data in the future. These aren’t just what we might see as hardcore technical skills such as data modelling and analytics which are described as digital skills but also business skills like transformational leadership which recognises the benefits of getting information management right. The capability enhancement programme sets out pathways for individuals and organisations to get the right skills in place depending upon aspirations both at the personal level and the organisational level. Have a go at the self-assessment questionnaire to assess what training might be helpful to you and take a look at the training register to find a suitable course. The National Digital Twin is a long term journey and there is time to get the right skills in place to reach our destination.
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    The National Digital Twin programme, in partnership with the Construction Innovation Hub, has released a Capability Enhancement programme, as a follow-on from the Skills and Competency Framework published in March 2021. The Capability Enhancement programme aims to provide organisations and individuals with tools and guidance to understand and cultivate the skills and knowledge needed to support the National Digital Twin, as outlined in the Skills and Competency Framework. The Capability Enhancement Programme includes a self-assessment survey to help individuals assess their competency level against a chosen role and a training register that provides a starting point for individuals and organisations to develop a training plan. Self Assessment Questionnaire Training Register Watch this video for further insights into the steps you can take to help your organisation grow their information management maturity and get ready to become part of the National Digital Twin:
  5. The Good Homes Alliance seeks to drive up standards, performance and quality in new homes built in the UK. We have developed a concept built upon existing IP that digitises an assured performance process to enable a comprehensive outcome that will enable net zero (and other desirable outcomes such as health and wellbeing of occupants) to be met and verified. This concept would address a number of issues currently being discussed and deabted by the investment/finance/insurance/warranty sectors and would upskill design teams and constructors because of the built in on demand training that accompanies the app-concept. The concept is called NetZeTT (Net Zero Tool and Training) and has an existing set of project partners, what it doesn't yet have is funding, if any potential funders are interested in this project please reply.
  6. TechUK’s Digital Twins Working Group (DTWG) published a landmark report- ‘Unlocking Value Across the UK’s Digital Twin Ecosystem’- on Thursday 25th February. The purpose of this report is to drive consensus around terminology, highlight key prizes associated with digital twinning across the UK, and to set out strategic recommendations for industry and Government as to how the UK’s digital twin ecosystem can progress and evolve long-term. The report also sets out a handful of recommendations, including that there should be a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary co-ordinating body to promote their use. It would identify common information requirements and capability gaps, provide guidance on codes of conduct in the use of digital twins, and develop incentives such as tax credits or innovation funding. This would come with a 10-year public investment of £150-200 million to support innovation, adoption and diffusion, and strong roles for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). A further boost could be provided by an online procurement portal – the cost of which is estimated at up to £1.5 million – that would make digital twin offerings on the market more visible and less complex, and lead to improvements in their quality and affordability. Other recommendations are for a series of strategic demonstrator projects to show the value and identify barriers to the adoption of digital twins; to identify the skills needed to support their use; and for UKRI to run a demonstrator project on how the concept can support the aim for net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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    The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB’s) National Digital Twin programme, in partnership with the Construction Innovation Hub, has released a Skills and Competency Framework to help individuals, organisations and training bodies to understand the roles and competencies needed to support the National Digital Twin. This new resource represents the first step in a journey to set out and develop the skills and competences required to re-imagine your career pathway or grow your organisation. Download the 'Top Trump' Role Profiles
  8. Hello There are papers by AMRC (https://www.amrc.co.uk/files/document/404/1604658922_AMRC_Digital_Twin_AW.pdf), Leading Edge Forum (https://leadingedgeforum.com/insights/digital-twins-a-guide-to-the-labyrinth/), and Iotics is also featuring a series of podcasts (https://www.iotics.com/about/digital-reflections/) by thought leaders which are most inspiring in regard to the ongoing definition debate, future roadmap and art of the probable. I find these helpful. Best wishes Sophie
  9. Good question! I consider the development of digital ecosystem or digital infrastructure can learn a lot from the physical infrastucture, including the skillsets and career paths: Similar to physical infrastucture, we need, CEO/CTO/CFO .. designer, architect, projectment, testing, engineers, services, serurity, human resources, customer care...... to name a few. Add data/digital in front of existing roles can form a good starting point, and see some gaps. To address the gap, actions are louder than any words. We should break seemingly unachieve ambitious targets into small and managable steps, fail fast, learn fast, adapt fast. A visual explanation stolen from the digital twin fan club's tweet. pic ref: https://twitter.com/thedigitaltwin/status/1337674430240186370?s=20
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    Absolutely! Apologies I missed the last hub
  11. We live in a world abundant in data and technology. There are numerous ways to fake data of all kinds (think deep fake). Envisioning a future where data outputs become as common as a PDF report how do we enable the skills around critical thinking that will allow data professionals to know when something doesn't look right even though it may have already gone through data quality and data audit checks. Just a thought at this point but I would be interested in others thoughts.
  12. DRossiter87

    Breaking Barriers: Skills

    During our research activities within the DT Hub, several barriers relating to the use of digital twins were identified. This blog post, which looks at digital skills, reflects on skill as a barriers and considers related issues so that we can discuss how they may be addressed. As organizations develop a wide array of datasets and supporting tools, a key concern has been the capability of the people using these resources to make decisions and take action. To do so, these people need to be sufficiently skilled. Industry reports, such as the Farmer Review, have consistently identified skills shortage as a key issue within the built environment. This figure below, produced by the Construction Products Association (CPA), shows the proportion of firms who have had difficulties in recruiting traditional trades. For example, in the first quarter of 2017, over 60% of firms had difficulty recruiting bricklayers. A cause of this shortage is the lack of training being provided by organizations within the built environment. As shown in the figure below from the Farmer Review, workforces within the built environment are some of the least trained. While an obvious solution may be simply to provide more training, the issue is confounded by the fact that we need to inject a new set of skills in to the sector; increasing the amount of training required. In 2018, The World Economic Forum produced their Future of Jobs Report. It considered what are the current emerging and declining skills as a result of digital transformation, automation and the fourth industrial revolution. These, are highlighted in the table below. Considering the results provided, the need for manual skills as well as installation and maintenance skills are declining rapidly. As such there is a risk that any immediate training to fill our skills gap may not be suitable for future employment needs. As initiatives such as the Construction Innovation Hub and Active Building Centre consider Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and other more modern methods, perhaps the focus should be on which skills are needed for the future. Digital twins, as representations of physical assets, processes or systems, will need to be interfaced with built environment professionals of the future. The question however, is in what capacity? Let’s consider a scenario: Cardiff University has a digital twin of their campus. Within this twin, they have included sensors to record the usage and occupancy of lecture halls to access space optimization. For an estate manager to be able to use this twin, they may benefit from: Software skills, to interface with the incoming data. This software may not be part of their core asset management system; needing additional knowledge and skills to use. Analytical thinking, to allow them to test scenarios. For example, to test what would happen to usage if a single building was changed to private rent from external customers; improving the universities income generation. Creative thinking, to allow them to consider new ideas. For example, to use the timetable to place lectures that straddle lunch across-campus; increasing foot-traffic past the university lunch hall. Intuitive thinking, to allow them to question outputs. For example, to be able to identify when a faulty sensor may have led to data discrepancies or when an analysis programme has identified importance solutions due to its correlative nature such as starting lectures at 6am to free up more rooms for private rent. Ultimately, the reason for adopting digital twins will be to provide value for an organization and its wider ecosystem. As such, problem-solving skills, critical thinking, systems analysis and analytical thinking will likely become core competencies. For organizations with critical long-term planning requirements, future employees need to be taught these skills now so that they are appropriately competent for the future. And there we have it, breaking the barriers related to skills. How relevant do you think the WEF top 10 growing skills will be for future consumers of digital twin content? What skills do you consider to be core to future digital twin users? the_pathway_towards_an_imf.pdf DTHUb_NewbieGuide_May2020_(1).pdf HUB Version_DT Standards Roadmap_November 2020 (3).pdf
  13. Why this theme? DT Hub activities focus on a set of thematic areas (themes) that are based on shared opportunities and challenges for members. These themes are areas where collaboration can help members to gain greater understanding and make more progress towards realising the potential benefits of digital twins. This short introductory piece outlines the scope and approach for the second theme: Digital twin competencies: To help organizations understand the competencies, skills and cultural considerations that can help them to successfully adopt digital twins, as well as fostering collaboration and making recommendations on the best way forward Why did we identify this theme as priority? Each of the members we spoke to raised concerns about digital competencies within the built environment. To maximize the value that a digital twin can bring to an organization, the different actors who might undertake digital twin related activities must have the necessary knowledge, skill, and authority to do so. In other words, without a sufficiently competent set of individuals to realize the benefits, digital twins will be under-utilized. In recognition of the built environment’s challenges with training and upskilling its workforce as well as the concern raised by DT Hub members, this has become a prioritized theme. Scope This theme will build on work being done through the National Digital Twin (NDT) programme Enablers stream and will develop ideas and recommendations based on real-world experience from members and from the wider market. In addition, this theme will also help to test some of the underlying principles of the NDT programme which may influence future digital competency frameworks. Engaging with this theme can help digital twin owners start to address questions like: Who within my organization should interact with our digital twins? How will they interact with digital twins? What knowledge and skills are needed to undertake these activities? What skills gaps do I have and what gaps are there in the built environment overall? When looking to hire new staff who will interact with our digital twins, and what core competencies should I be looking for? What cultural orientation is helpful to successful implement digital twins – what can I learn from others? Related to the first bullet above, work has been started by some members to identify the types of actors that may interface with their digital twins. Building on this work, we plan to discuss and agree a schedule of “personas”, that broadly represent a suite of roles, and then build a profile of the competencies against each persona. Objectives The main objectives for this theme are then to: Identify a schedule of personas that cover relevant roles for a notional organization, ensuring sufficient flexibility and scalability. Understand (from examples) what digital twin related activities each persona is expected to undertake Using an industry recognised system such as the European Qualification Framework (EQF) to map knowledge, skill, and autonomy requirements to each of the relevant activities Feedback learnings to inform into the development of the NDT programme Enablers work Generate insight to potentially develop a digital twin competency framework NOTE: It is acknowledged that organizations such as CITB are working on digital competency frameworks, and it is hoped that engagement with such activities is done via the Enablers stream. We’re already starting on the first set of activities for this theme and we are creating some content for you to dive into including: A Webinar to discuss the theme requirements, including a broad discussion around persona and competencies. Topics and posts to kick off conversation within the hub (for example a piece on competencies related anonymizing data) as well as links to interesting external sources based on this research. We are adding these to a dedicated forum for theme 2 Research into interesting examples from other industries of approaches that consider digital competencies (coming soon - we will also add interesting links to the theme 2 forum) What next? There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved, including in activities to flesh out this theme. We want this to be driven by member’s views and priorities, so it would be great if you would comment on this post including to tell us: Where you are seeing initiatives that could benefit skills development in the digital twin area Use cases and in-house examples that might help inform this work Specific competency activities you may be working on related to building knowledge and skills Any views that you have on what digital twin competencies look like
  14. I saw that tweet, I would have preferred an option that said "it's an A N A L O G Y" ... well it is at the moment anyway!
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