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  1. HM Govt Information Exchange Standard (IES) v4.2.0

    This is the specification document and RDF Schema for the IES standard. This is a 4D ontology developed using the BORO methodology. 
    See attached below, the Introductory Slides
    All documents are Crown Copyright. The standard is developed on the Dstl IES Github repo - https://github.com/dstl/IES
    Introduction to IES OFFICIAL.pdf

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  2. DT Roadblocks Executive Summary and Next Steps

    This research aimed to investigate the breadth and depth of digital twin blockers, galvanising the community towards greater engagement and collaboration to solve a complex set of national challenges.
    The DT Hub’s strategic approach was cyclical, beginning with highlighting the challenges and the opportunities faced by members.
    The project consisted of a series of strategy jams with the community interspersed by activity on the DT Hub in a ‘call-and-response’ manner. This approach became more effective as the project progressed.
    First, community thinking was used to seed the Roadblock Identification Jam, whose outputs in turn were put back into the community for further comment, refinement and validation.
    The next step was to kick off a discussion on the relative importance of different roadblocks to feed into the Roadblock Prioritisation Jam. Again, the outputs were subsequently checked in the wider community.
    The final DT Hub activity was preparatory to the Roadblock Prototyping Jam, consisting of a brainstorm to find ways around certain blockers, the results of which were fed into the final Jam – evaluating the problem definition and trying to find solutions.
    The research resulted in recommendations to support the DT Hub in tackling gaps, prioritising pressing issues and galvanising engagement to tackle the blockers. In summary, they are to:
    ·        Form a digital twin accelerator programme
    ·        Review the online community platform
    ·        Leverage the convening power of the DT Hub for engagement with others
    ·        Lead on the development of vision and value for digital twins
    ·        Evaluate and progress the Strategy Jam ideas
    ·        Introduce a problem-solving toolkit
    ·        Conduct a meta-analysis to compare this research with other findings and DT Hub resources.
    You can also access the full report.

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  3. DT Roadblocks full report

    This research aimed to investigate the breadth and depth of digital twin blockers, galvanising the community towards greater engagement and collaboration to solve a complex set of national challenges.
    The DT Hub’s strategic approach was cyclical, beginning with highlighting the challenges and the opportunities faced by members.
    The project consisted of a series of strategy jams with the community interspersed by activity on the DT Hub in a ‘call-and-response’ manner. This approach became more effective as the project progressed.
    First, community thinking was used to seed the Roadblock Identification Jam, whose outputs in turn were put back into the community for further comment, refinement and validation.
    The next step was to kick off a discussion on the relative importance of different roadblocks to feed into the Roadblock Prioritisation Jam. Again, the outputs were subsequently checked in the wider community.
    The final DT Hub activity was preparatory to the Roadblock Prototyping Jam, consisting of a brainstorm to find ways around certain blockers, the results of which were fed into the final Jam – evaluating the problem definition and trying to find solutions.
    The research resulted in recommendations to support the DT Hub in tackling gaps, prioritising pressing issues and galvanising engagement to tackle the blockers. In summary, they are to:
    ·        Form a digital twin accelerator programme
    ·        Review the online community platform
    ·        Leverage the convening power of the DT Hub for engagement with others
    ·        Lead on the development of vision and value for digital twins
    ·        Evaluate and progress the Strategy Jam ideas
    ·        Introduce a problem-solving toolkit
    ·        Conduct a meta-analysis to compare this research with other findings and DT Hub resources.
    You can also read the Executive Summary.
     

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  4. COVID in Wastewater: Development of Digital tools in the UK Health Security Agency’s wastewater based epidemiology programme.

    This paper gives a brief insight on how the concept of Wastewater Based Epidemiology (WBE) is being made a reality in the United Kingdom as part of the Her Majesty’s Government response to the COVID19 pandemic. As a supplier to the organisations contracted by government to deliver accelerated WBE capabilities Atkins have played an active role in the development of this capability.

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  5. DT Hub case study template BETA (New version Nov-21)

    This is a template for Digital Twin case studies.  The case study template is 3 pages long, with room for up to 3 images and between 1,000 and 1,500 words. The purpose of the case studies is to share experiences and lessons learnt from developing and connecting digital twins in practice. This is an initial release of the case study template, it will be refined based on member feedback.
     
     
     
    DTHub_Case Study_Template BETA 4.0.docx

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  6. DT Hub Smart Infrastructure Index Summary 2020

    A summary of the DT Hub Smart Infrastructure Survey 2020.

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  7. A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery

    In 2020 the Institution of Civil Engineers commissoned a review of approaches to delivering complex major infrastructure projects. This report summarises the findings of the review.

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  8. Using Gemini principles to deliver Digital Twins Consultancy

    The purpose of this paper is to document how the Gemini principles, which are the foundation stones of Digital Twins, should be used in a consultancy helping a client deliver a digital twin. Ensuring that they are aligned with what their customers are being required to deliver.

    The key word in all of what we do should be Value. This value should be demonstrated across the board.

    • Your customer will be able to deliver value to their customer through the delivery of a quality product/ service.
    • Your contact in the customer organisation will feel their value has increased as they improve the productivity and profitability of their organisation.
    • Their client understands the increased value of the delivered product/ service.
    • Your value as a trusted advisor increases to a point where we become their business delivery partner.

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  9. DIGITAL TWINS: HOW TO AVOID THE PITFALLS OF BIM

    Over the past decade, we have witnessed an unprecedented transformation in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operation (AECO) industry in the UK but also abroad. From the early use of collaborative 3D technologies mandated as part of the UK Government Construction Strategy in 2011 (put into practice in 2016) which certainly accelerated the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM); to the introduction and eventual fall from grace of Virtual Reality (VR), the buzzwords in this industry change as frequently as the trends at London Fashion Week. The nirvana of BIM supposedly promised the now infamous 20% construction cost savings that were nowhere to be seen. Therefore, there is no surprise the level of scepticism that any such a new concept receives. Thus, to avoid similar misconceptions from the past, we have contributed to the development of the Digital Twin Toolkit in order to first define what we mean by a digital twin and second to clarify the business case as well as the benefits this newly rediscovered concept brings. This whitepaper therefore expands on the toolkit by providing advice and suggestions from our own experience and the journey of the past ten years so as to avoid the same pitfalls that BIM has led to. A client claiming they have “BIM getting delivered next Thursday” only for the team to discover it is just a computer with a pre-installed Revit is one such example.
     

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  10. Writing Information Requirements - report of the work of IADD4UK

    Information Requirements
    The attached guide was put together from discussions and knowledge share through the Infrastructure Asset Data Dictionary for the UK (IADD4UK) group between 2013 and 2018. Updated where appropriate to include the most recent standards and some additional thought leadership.
    IADD4UK
    The IADD4UK initiative was formed of the foremost owners, major projects, delivery partners and interested parties under the chairmanship of the COMIT innovations group. A list of participants can be found at the rear of this guide.
    Early in our BIM journey it was recognised that data and its slightly more refined form, information would be the key. We had standards as how to classify it, manage it, secure it, procure it, exchange it, but nothing about what “it” actually was.
    It was also understood that this required information would have an impact on everything we do with our assets, across the entirety of its lifecycle. That impact had a relationship with the outcomes delivered to their respective clients, whether that was an end user, consumer, member of the public, a shareholder or the country itself. The delivery of the outcomes ensured that there was a value in the information, without which their upkeep would not be possible.
    The IADD4UK group was put together with an agreement to research and document the best way to create information requirements, not to write them, but it was agreed that if organisations could come together when writing them, the costs and risk could be shared and the benefits doubled.
    The reason for increased benefits, were that when assets were transferred from one owner to another, or between delivery partners they would be described in the same way, negating the risks of translation and converting information from one system to another. Key assets in infrastructure are basically the same, whether they are owned by a transport, communications, energy or water company. They will have the same questions, tasks and decisions during their lifecycle. The answers will be different, but the basic information requirement will be largely the same. This commonality across owners could help reduce the procurement costs and the risks of generating, managing and exchanging each information set with the side effect of reducing interoperability issues between software packages.
    In 2017 the IADD4UK organisation was put on hold for various reasons, chiefly lack of funding to both create and curate a common information requirements dictionary. This meant that the participants in the initiative dispersed to create their own data dictionaries utilising some of the methods and processes shared with you in this guide.
    Writing information requriements by IADD4UK.pdf

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  11. Annual Benchmark Report

    The 31st March 2021 marks one year since the launch of the DT Hub. As we reflect on the year that has been and look ahead to the coming year we are pleased to present the DT Hub’s first Annual Benchmark Report.  This first report aims to share the progress and learnings that we have made. Included in the report is a retrospective summary and analysis of the year as well as highlights, key findings and recommendations for the year ahead.
    The DT Hub belongs to the community and we would very much like to know what you think as we plan for the coming year. We've prepared a four question survey we’d like to invite you to answer to help give us an idea on how we can make the Hub better for you.  

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  12. DT Hub Smart Infrastructure Index - Questions set

    The DT Hub version of the Smart Infrastructure Index (SII) survey included:
    the core SII questions that analyse digital transformation maturity and  an extension to focus specially on digital twins in the context of the National Digital Twin programme (NDTp).  This document provides the list of the additional questions developed for 2020 by the DT Hub team with input from the NDTp core team, the DT Hub steering group, and SII consultants. The questions set might change in future releases of the survey. 
    The DTHub questions set has been developed by CBDD who owns the IP. The questions set cannot be copied or used – even partially – without prior authorisation of CDBB.

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  13. techUK Unlocking Value Across the UK's Digital Twin Ecosystem

    As the UK looks to respond, adapt, and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, urgent, sustained, and collective action will be needed to reignite different layers of our economy and society.
    Digital twins have a potentially powerful role in helping us do so. Yet there is confusion over what a digital twin is, how one can be used, and how one can be commissioned and designed.
    Today, techUK publishes a landmark report: ‘Unlocking Value Across the UK’s Digital Twin Ecosystem’ (click here to access the report PDF)
    This report has been developed via techUK’s interdisciplinary Digital Twins Working Group (DTWG).
    It outlines how digital twins can be adopted effectively, and why the accelerated adoption of digital twins is essential for the future success of our people, economy, society, and planet.
    To read Tom's accompanying blog and watch the launch event presentations visit community blogs under DT Resources.
    If you would like to find out more about the report, please get in touch with Tom.Henderson@techUK.org today!

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  14. The critical role of virtual twins in accelerating sustainability

    Virtual twin technology is an underutilised lever in operationalising sustainability including in the cities & infrastructure sector. This white paper jointly prepared by Accenture and Dassault Systemes shows that the adoption of virtual twins could help reduce CO2 emissions by 7.5 gigatons (Gt) in the next 10 years (about 17% of all CO2 emitted in 2020) and generate economic benefits of 1.2 trillion dollars for 5 sectors (Construction & Cities, Life Sciences, Consumer Packaged Goods, Transport & Mobility, Electrical & Electronics). 
    Althought benefits from the five use cases studied and quantified in the paper are significant, they represent only a small fraction of the total benefit possible with universal adoption of virtual twins across all relevant sectors of industry and governments. The report outlines 5 key recommendations to ensure that we help societies  reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the 10 years we have to deliver by deploying virtual twin technology by tying together technology and sustainability and rallying the support of ecosystems. 
    https://www.3ds.com/sustainability/sustainability-insights/designing-disruption

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  15. DT Concepts and Principles Flex Workshop Slide Deck

    Summary of discussions held during working including further comments for consideration

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  16. Digital Twins for the Built Environment Standards Roadmap – 2021 [Short]

    This standards roadmap is designed to summarise the current standardisation landscape relating to digital twins for the built environment as of January 2021. This includes national, European and global standards projects and related activities deemed as directly relevant to potential production, maintenance and application of digital twins to support built environment activities.

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  17. Digital Twins for the Built Environment Standards Roadmap – 2021 [Long]

    This standards roadmap is designed to summarise the current standardisation landscape relating to digital twins for the built environment as of January 2021. This includes national, European and global standards projects and related activities deemed as directly relevant to potential production, maintenance and application of digital twins to support built environment activities.

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  18. Legal Roundtable Outcomes Report January 2021

    The Legal roundtables were a collaboration between the Commons team and Gemini Programme volunteer, Sarah Rock of Gowling WLG. It consisted of a series of four virtual roundtables running from 18 November to 9 December 2020, chaired by Gowling and attended by eight lawyers with recognised expertise across a range of specialisms, from different sectors.  
    The aim of the roundtables was to discuss the legal landscape facing the establishment and broad adoption of a National Digital Twin, covering areas such as; IP, commercial and financial risk, skills needs, technology and privacy, amongst others. The Outcomes Report summarised the discussion that took place and the outcomes gathered which will be used to  inform the development of a programme of work for the Legal Pathway in 2021.  

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  19. Standards Roadmap - Digital Twins for the Built Environment

    This standards roadmap is designed to summarise the current standardisation landscape relating to digital twins for the built environment as of November 2020. This includes national, European and global standards projects and related activities deemed as directly relevant to potential production, maintenance and application of digital twins to support built environment activities.

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  20. Standards Roadmap - Digital Twins for the Built Environment

    This standards roadmap is designed to summarise the current standardisation landscape relating to digital twins for the built environment as of November 2020. This includes national, European and global standards projects and related activities deemed as directly relevant to potential production, maintenance and application of digital twins to support built environment activities.

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  21. WATER INFRASTRUCTURE DIGITAL TWINS

    Make Network Data Valuable, For the Entire Lifecycle. Expanding permutations of flow and instrument readings should never hinder a utility’s ability to deliver safe, reliable, and affordable water. Every day, you need to make the right decisions with quantitative network information, but solving all those equations can feel like an insurmountable task. Download this e-book to learn how you can make accurate, real-time decisions in every phase of the infrastructure lifecycle—from master planning to capital planning and design, to operations and maintenance.
     

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  22. Remediating Water Loss

    Aging water pipes are leaking and breaking, wasting large amounts of treated potable water and contributing to lost revenues for water utilities around the world. In this free water loss brochure, we discuss several tactics that you can utilize when deploying a real-time hydraulic model leveraging Bentley software applications. See how you can ensure water infrastructure longevity with: 
    ·         Active Leakage Control -- Locate and quantify leakage 
    ·         Pressure Management -- Reduce leakage through planned pressure reduction 
    ·         Speed and Quality of Repairs --  Identify areas to be shut down to repair leaks; areas that will be affected if leaks are not repaired; and areas that will be offline during repairs 
    ·         Infrastructure Management -- Assess whether it’s best to replace pipes or to continue to repair them

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  23. Emergencies in Water Utilities

    The growing number of network vulnerabilities resulting from severe weather events seems to affect utilities more and more every day. And when these events threaten the continuous and safe supply of potable water, you need to be prepared to respond quickly and effectively to ensure customer health and safety, as well as your reputation. In this free eBook,  learn how to better prepare for and respond to emergencies leveraging a calibrated SCADA-hydraulic model. Discover how this integrated approach can not only provide an accurate and clear understanding of how your current system behaves, but also how it can also simulate various alternatives to identify the optimum emergency response.

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  24. Water System Operations Made Easier

    Water and wastewater utilities have long relied on SCADA information as a source of truth and likely will for the foreseeable future. However, SCADA data is only available for up until the present day, and it only delivers results for the network areas in which you monitor. This means that utility operators often do not know the full impact of their actions until after those actions are taken. Download this free water operations guide to see steps for innovatively integrating SCADA and hydraulic models. Combining these technologies to create a true digital twin, your utility can quickly get up to speed leveraging workflows that benefit modelers (planning or engineering departments) and operation teams.

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  25. Covid-19 and the new normal for infrastructure systems – next steps

    The DT Hub warmly welcomes the endorsement from the ICE ICG White Paper: Covid-19 and the new normal for infrastructure systems – next steps for the National Digital Twin programme. The paper sets out that “It is impossible to expect a transformation of the infrastructure and construction industries to occur without widespread and coherent adoption of digital technologies and data… The rise of digital technologies has led to the concept of the digital twin, a representation of a physical infrastructure asset in a digital format which can aid the modelling and understanding of that asset. The concept of a National Digital Twin – an ecosystem of digital twins connected via securely shared data – and an information management framework, which would enable effective information sharing, is an extension of this idea. The National Digital Twin sets out a structured approach to managing data about infrastructure within the infrastructure system as a whole and promotes the Gemini Principles to ensure this data is used for the public good.”
    The paper makes the forward thinking recommendation that “Increased funding should be made available for the National Digital Twin Programme and the creation of digital twins should be mandated for all major projects and programmes.

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