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Initiatives. Collaborations, programmes and projects furthering the development of digital twins and digital twin ecosystems.

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  1. Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities Digital Planning Programme

    The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) supports communities across the UK to thrive, making them great places to live and work. DLUHC is a ministerial department, supported by 16 agencies and public bodies. The Department’s Digital Planning programme aims to enable a modern and efficient planning system in England. The programme is core to DLUHC’s planning reforms and will help shift a documents-based system to one that is data-driven and standards-based. The PropTech Innovation Fund was launched in 2021 to support the widespread adoption of Property Technology (PropTech) tools and services within the planning process. The Fund works directly with funded local authorities and their technology partners, as well as collaborating with industry partners to shape and co-design digital planning outcomes that meet the needs of all stakeholders. Some of the content shown on this page is the result of these collaborations.

  2. National Cyber-Physical Infrastructure ecosystem

    The National Cyber-Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) is a new government and industry collaboration to amplify innovations, break down silos and build a shared vision for cyber-physical system innovation in the UK jointly led by Digital Catapult, Connected Places Catapult and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and supported by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT). NCPI builds on the foundations of the UK Government’s Cyber-Physical Infrastructure Consultation published in March 2022. Further information can be found here. Connecting advanced cyber-physical systems can provide a step-change in the value individual systems can bring, enabling cyber-physical systems to break down silos in sectors and increase our understanding of systems of systems challenges. While individual applications of cyber-physical systems bring specific benefits, the networking and federation of these systems will create significantly greater value for society, economy and the environment.  NCPI will bring together innovators in industry and academia, government and wider society to work together to solve systemic challenges, such as reaching net zero, by allowing multiple parties to collaborate, share information and make collective decisions. By allowing for better visibility of data across systems (e.g. sharing CO2 emissions across organisations), and encouraging greater interoperability, Cyber-Physical Infrastructure can improve productivity across key sectors, enable increased public spending efficiency, enhance delivery of infrastructure and health services, build national resilience, and accelerate progress in attaining national policy objectives, such as net zero. More broadly, Cyber-Physical Infrastructure can help remove time, cost and risk from the process of bringing innovation to market.

  3. Digital Twin Partnership

    The Digital Twin Partnership (DTP) is an industry-led community dedicated to advancing the adoption and implementation of Digital Twins across various sectors. With a focus on supporting policymaking and fostering private sector collaboration, the DTP aims to drive Digital Twin outcomes that benefit Australia. The purpose of the Digital Twin Partnership (DTP) is to provide Digital Twin leadership within the private sector by delivering a clear narrative around the opportunities and benefits of Digital Twins. Additionally, the DTP will be a trusted advocate to government by helping advance Digital Twin as vital digital infrastructure to accelerate growth. Our leadership team brings together individuals with diverse skills and experience, helping to provide leadership and advocacy for the built / natural environment sector and ultimately help build its community. The DTP has recently expanded its reach, launching in New Zealand with plans for further expansion in North America.

  4. Apollo Protocol

    The Apollo Protocol is a collaborative mechanism to unlock the benefits of digital twins across sectors. The Initiative began with a white paper, published in September 2022 which sets out a proposal to unlock the benefits of digital twins between the built environment and manufacturing sectors, with the support of the technology sector. In the Autumn of 2022, the team were commissioned to set up and run the first Apollo Forum as a case study to develop and test a methodology for cross sector collaboration and learning. A report of these activities will be published in 2024. The Apollo Protocol initiative has been supported by the IET, The Construction Leadership Council (CLC), The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), The Construction Innovation Hub, The Digital Twin Hub, techUK and The Alan Turing Institute. The project also has also received support from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK.

  5. TransiT

    Twinning for Decarbonising Transport – TransiT – is a UK research hub established in 2023 dedicated to digital twinning for transport decarbonisation. With the backing of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the hub is scoping potential digital capabilities to manage the reduction of carbon emissions from transport, which currently accounts for a third of emissions across the country. With the backing of the Engineering and Physical Science Council (EPSRC), leading experts from Heriot-Watt University and the University of Glasgow are exploring the potential of digital twins – sophisticated computer simulations of real-life physical objects, processes or systems – to manage the reduction of carbon emissions from all forms of transport. Following an initial 6-month consultation and scoping phase, the longer-term aim of the TransiT hub is to create a federated digital twin that addresses the urgent need to decarbonise transport which is still the biggest single emitter of carbon in the UK. <div class="cdbbPanel" style="padding-top: 10px;"> <img src='https://content.invisioncic.com/f305442/pages_media/form_pic.png?_cb=1705398691' style="width: 300px; height: auto; margin: 30px; float: right;"> <h3 class="boxSmallTitle">Research organisations that fulfil the following criteria are invited to submit an Expression of Interest</h3> <ul> <li>Experienced in the use of digital technologies for transport infrastructure and services</li> <li>Based at an organisation eligible for UKRI funding and eligible to be named as a co-investigator on an ESPRC bid</li> <li>Demonstrable strong track record in delivering large-scale interdisciplinary research projects</li> <li>Capacity to leverage support from industrial stakeholder and national research assets</li> <li>Demonstrable research impact, particularly in relation to policy advice</li> <li>Experience of working on multi-modal transport solutions</li> </ul> If you would like to be involved, please complete the form for Expression of Interest with the EPSRC TransiT programme. <a href='https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=XrsICqsgRkKZRIiT-jCwwDXqASKfa4dKhs2gbDWQRJxUMk9LMkwxV0g1M1kyQktLMTM1RzFZNVpKSy4u' target='_blank' class='ipsButton ipsButton_important ipsButton_medium ipsMargin_top' style='width: 100%;'>TransiT Expression of Interest Form</a> </div>

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