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  2. The pandemic has highlighted the need to make better, data-driven decisions that are focused on creating better outcomes. It has shown how digital technologies and the data that drives them are key to putting the right information in the right hands at the right time to ensure that we make the right decision to achieve the right outcomes. Connected ecosystems of digital twins, part of the cyber physical fabric, will allow us to share data across sectors, in a secure and resilient fashion, to ensure that we can make those important decisions for the outcomes that we need. They provide us with a transformative tool to tackle the major issues of our time, such as climate change, global healthcare and food inequality. We must use digital twins for the public good, as set out in “Data for the Public Good”, and we must also use those digital twins to create a better future for people and the planet. The recent publication of the Vision for the Built Environment sets out a pioneering vision for the built environment, and we want to see that vision expanded further, to include other sectors, such as health, education, manufacturing and agriculture. As the UK considers what a national digital twin might look like, we draw on the experience of the past three years to add to the discussion. A UK national digital twin must have a purpose-built delivery vehicle that works through coordination, alignment and collaboration. It needs to bring together those working in the field, across sectors, across industries, and across government departments. It must balance the need for research, both within academic institutions and industry, with the industry implementation and adoption that is already underway. And it must ensure that the programme is socio-technical in nature; if we concentrate solely on the technical factors, while failing to address the equally important social considerations, we risk creating a solution that cannot or will not be adopted – a beautiful, shiny, perfect piece of ‘tech’ that sits on a shelf gathering dust. There are many in the UK doing fantastic work in the digital twin space, and the wider cyber-physical fabric of which connected digital twins are a part. We know from experience that we get much better outcomes when we work together as a diverse team, rather than in siloes which lead to fragmentation. Industry is already creating digital twins and connecting them to form ecosystems. If we are to avoid divergence, we have to act now. To start the discussion and allow the sharing of thoughts and experience, the Royal Academy of Engineering has convened an open summit, hosted by the DT Hub on the 19th July from 10:00 – 16:00. The day will start with an introduction laying out the opportunities and challenges we face as a nation and as a planet. This will be followed by four expert-led panels, each with a Q&A session. The first is chaired by Paul Clarke CBE on the cyber physical fabric; followed by a panel on data and technical interoperability chaired by Professor Dame Wendy Hall; after lunch, Professor David Lane CBE will chair a panel on research; followed by a panel on adoption chaired by Mark Enzer OBE. The four panel chairs will convene a final plenary session. I do hope you will join us, to hear the experiences of others and to add your own expertise and knowledge to the conversation. To register for the Summit, click here.
  3. Dave Murray

    Test Engineering and DTs

    Following several conversations, I was persuaded that this approach was too narrow. The original topic could be included in a wider objective to look at the rapidly emerging ‘new-look’ of defence, its Digital Backbone and its nascent DT journey. See the new network “The Defence Digital Network” for the outcome!
  4. As part of the Climate REsilience DemOnstrator (CReDo) project - which is a collaboration of the National Digital Twin programme and the Connected Places Catapult - we are looking for a supplier to deliver the data engineering underpinning the demonstrator Digital Twin. The tasks to perform include: - data engineering, with data scientists and modellers as users; - descriptive data visualisation, showcasing the fusing of disparate datasets and computer models to paint a picture of multiple infrastructure systems in one place; and - source complementary datasets, join clean and enhance existing datasets, deal with missingness and creative data fusion We believe this is an excellent opportunity for the supplier to showcase their skills and capabilities, not just to the National Digital Twin community but to the wider world through a high-profile demonstration (hopefully at or linked to COP26). While we expect the outcomes of the project to be owned by the CPC (and disseminated widely to stimulate development and uptake of Digital Twins), we are very supportive of the supplier leveraging the outcomes to generate new business for themselves. The deadline for submission of proposal is 14 June and the contract is expected to start on 5 July. More details, including the official tender document, can be found here.
  5. HenryFT

    Insights on performance saves money

    I completely believe this, you can't manage something you can't see
  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.
  7. Webinar: Building Tomorrow’s Resilience: Why Digital Twins Are Shaping the Water Utility Status Quo Just how effective are digital twins in helping to identify critical points in your water and wastewater infrastructure—like a growing leak or an unexpected closed valve? Bentley product manager Ari Opdahl delves into the possibilities of predictive operational intelligence in this special WEF eShowcase. https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/6892911365133001731
  8. Hi Kevin- thanks for this. Totally agree that there's a need to think bigger, longer-term and more ambitiously about the role that digital twins can play in driving sustainable innovation and experimentation. Also agree that use case generation can also be a rather siloed, static, internal process and I think there's a real need to develop some type of market mechanism or computational network to enables the sharing of actual data, software, hardware, business models etc. between DT suppliers and asset owners/ operators. This will be a particularly important task if the development of an upper ontology (thinking here of the Foundation Data Model cited in the IMF) is expected to take a while to come to fruition. Ultimately, if a strong foundation for interoperability/ interconnectivity is to be attained in the interim, DT suppliers (who I'd say largely recognise that the true value of DTs lies in their interconnections with systems and other twins) will require some form of steer/ assistance. In terms of recent examples, I'd refer here to the Royal Society’s Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic (RAMP) project, which is helping to convene different experts to join up data architectures and assist the COVID response. My questions around this initiative would be- what has worked, what hasn't, how can we keep up the pace of collaboration on data modelling under high levels of uncertainty and risk, and, ultimately, transfer the successful elements across in order to holistically apply DTs to other areas of emerging risk, such as climate change or cyber resilience? Beyond that- I think there's also a need to drive progress around the development and adoption of new value frameworks which place value on natural and social capital, not just economic capital. Natural/ social capital have been traditionally less easy to quantify and therefore integrate into traditional 'cost/ benefit' analyses. This has meant that strategic buy-in for DTs in a business context has generally focused around relatively narrow economic terms. However, as investment, regulatory and policy appetites shift, and our technical capacity to measure and track 'intangible' assets improves (e.g. advances in carbon capture technologies), I think businesses will be better placed to incorporate new value frameworks into their digital twinning journey and hope that they'll place more emphasis on how their own DT fits into the broader narrative of sustainable, resilient, human-centred growth, rather than economic growth at all costs.
  9. Steven Zhang

    Organisational Information Requirements - Free Webinar

    @iain miskimmin Thanks very much! The courses were very enlightening. The collabrative way of mindmapping also helped to reinforce learning. I am looking forward to more courses in the future.
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