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  1. Something (hopefully) of interest to share. A colleague at the University of Bristol, Dr Maria Pregnolato, was in Westminster this week as part of the Sense about Science event, talking to parliamentarians about how Digital Twins can predict when infrastructure fails. With others, Maria is exploring how DTs can increase the resilience of infrastructure. One project features a case study using the Clifton Suspension Bridge - more detail is here. This and other work is informing discussions with policymakers as it is seen as important to recognise that the value from DTs will be diminished if a number of Challenges to Implementation are not addressed, including: Compelling definitions and unclear processes Standardising protocols for data management Supporting engineering companies in the digital transition. It would be interesting to hear the thoughts of others.
  2. RachelJudson

    Planning Golden Thread

    Click here for video As citizens and professionals we accept that the planning process is there to uphold standards of safety, aesthetic, technical and social requirements. However, the planning process has suffered from many years of tinkering and making good. We now have a planning process that is dependent on outdated approaches and incompatible with the rest of the development industry. It is slow, which presents problems in the UK where we need to build, a lot, quickly. Planning risks preventing this building from happening at pace and of a higher quality. This situation presents, of course, a golden opportunity for a fully digitised end-to-end process which could: reduce the planning bottleneck automate those parts of the process that can be Increase transparency of the process open up new means of engaging stakeholders with the planning process, by for example visualising proposed developments and so increasing understanding allow us to see projects in context, with other proposed developments, rather than in isolation allow access to, and sharing of, crucial data (like structural and fire safety information) facilitate the use of modern methods of construction most importantly, give a more accurate understanding of build costs and timescales In order to bring this about, we have to standardise and digitise (as far as it is possible and desirable) the rules under which designs are created, assessed, and ultimately built. At the same time we have to find ways to generate and use interoperable data. This problem is what the group from Bryden Wood, 3D Repo, London Borough of Southwark and CDBB have been working on. We have developed a model which is open and based on the established BIM Collaboration Framework (BCF). It presents the data associated with planning so that it can be queried and interrogated. You can see a summary in the video above and read more about it here; Planning Golden Thread statement attached below 3DRepo technical write up Bryden Wood technical write up Bryden Wood Schema We know that many of the barriers associated with a change like this will be cultural rather than technical so we are seeking partners in the planning and development system who would like to test the model and collaborators who would like to fund the next stage of development. Please get in touch! You can also hear more about this on the Gemini Call on Tuesday, 18 May at 10:30 with Miranda Sharp and Jack Ricketts of Southwark Council. Link to DT Hub Calendar
  3. Listen at the Digital Twin Fan Club Podcast: City Digital Twins - Wellington, Covid and Quakes
  4. The building stock is a city’s most significant socio-cultural and economic resource and its largest capital asset. Buildings are also where we spend most of our lives and most of our money, and where enormous potential for energy and waste reduction lies. To help improve the quality, sustainability and resilience of building stocks, and to help reduce emissions from them, comprehensive information on their composition, operation and dynamic behaviour are required. However in many countries relevant data are extremely difficult to obtain, often highly fragmented, restricted, missing or only available in aggregated form. Colouring Cities sets out to address this issue. The initiative develops open code to facilitate the construction and management of low cost public databases, which double as knowledge exchange platforms, providing open data on buildings, at building level. These are provided to answer questions such as: How many buildings do we have? Which building types, uses, construction systems, ages, styles and sizes are located where? How repairable, adaptable and extendable are they? How long can they last if properly maintained? How energy efficient are they? Can they easily be retrofitted? Who built them and what is their ownership type, and how well do local communities think they work? Colouring Cities also looks to advance a more efficient, whole-of-society approach to knowledge sharing on buildings and cities, allowing for permanent databases to be collaboratively maintained and enriched, year-on-year, by citizens, academia, government, industry and the voluntary sector. Colouring London https://colouringlondon.org/, our live prototype, has been built and tested over the past five years using a step-by-step collaborative approach which has involved consultation with academia, government, industry, the voluntary sector and the community (working across science, the humanities and the arts). It looks to test four approaches to data provision-collation of existing open uploads, computational generation, local crowdsourcing and live streaming. In 2020 the Colouring Cities Research Programme was set up at The Alan Turing Institute to support international research institutions wishing to reproduce and co-work on Colouring Cities code at city or country level. We are currently collaborating with academic partners in Lebanon, Bahrain, Australia, Germany and Greece and Switzerland. Watch the Hub Insight to learn more about the project and the opportunity to get involved. If you'd like to get involved please do test our site and add any recommendations for features you would like in our discussion thread https://discuss.colouring.london/. Or, if you are a public body or DTHub industry member wishing to increase open access to your infrastructure datasets, and/or to digital twin visualisations, relating to the building stock, please contact Polly Hudson at Turing. Find out more:
  5. Tomorrow University of Bristol and SECED are giving this talk online https://www.linkedin.com/posts/valentina-putrino-68999351_seced-activity-6764559782348115969-T3nL "Towards a Digital Twin for the Clifton Suspension Bridge(Bristol, UK)", delivered by Dr Maria Pregnolato, and Dr Elia Voyagaki and Sam GunnerWHEN: 16th of February 2021 - 1.00 pmWHERE: Online via Teams - find the link on our YM SECED webpagehttps://lnkd.in/dnjbhJX
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    Sam Chorlton interviews DT Hub members - insights from within the community for the benefit of the community The DT Hub's motto is 'Learn by doing and progress through sharing'. We would like to showcase members of the community and give them the opportunity to share; who they are and what they are doing in the digital twin space. In this Hub Insight interview, Sam Chorlton, DT Hub Chair will interview Ananya Jaidev and Paul Hodgson to explore a little about who they are and their work on digital twins for the Greater London Authority. Join us on the 2nd March at 11:30. Register to receive joining instructions.
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    Sam Chorlton interviews DT Hub members - insights from within the community for the benefit of the community The DT Hub's motto is 'Learn by doing and progress through sharing'. As our community continues to grow, we would like to showcase members of the community and give them the opportunity to share; who they are and what they are doing in the digital twin space. In this Hub Insight interview, Sam Chorlton, DT Hub Chair will interview Jennifer Schooling, Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction who will be joined by Gemma Schroeder, Smart Cambridge Programme Manager. The interview will explore a little about who they are and their work together on digital twins for Smart Cambridge led by Cambridgeshire County Council. Join us on the 16th February at 11:30. Register to receive joining instructions.
  8. Mark Coates

    Twin Talks - Bentley - Roger Bailey

    An exclusive virtual breakfast discussion with Roger Bailey Chief Technical Officer and Head of the Completion and Handover Team for the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. As 2020 moves forward, our TwinTalks virtual breakfast programme continues and so it is my pleasure to invite you to the latest event. Following the success of our previous virtual TwinTalks, this breakfast meeting will again gather senior directors from across the sector to hear from an expert speaker and discuss the emerging role of digital twin technology in driving whole life value across every part of modern infrastructure management. This latest virtual event will feature an interview with Roger Bailey Chief Technical Officer and Head of the Completion and Handover Team for the £4.9bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project. Roger’s wide range or responsibilities include technical oversight, system commissioning and the crucial task of operational integration of the completed Thames Tideway Tunnel asset into the existing London sewer network. Antony Oliver will use the interview to find out more about progress on this important and challenging project, not least as the Covid-19 crisis continues, but also understand more about how the project is handling the critical process of moving from design and construction towards commissioning and asset handover into operation. In particular, I will explore how the use of data and digital twin technology will become fundamental to the future of this vital water management and flood protection asset going forward. Please feel free to register and attend - https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2757879/7E53A3400267B32A05FDBE7F64AF9770 If you would like to read highlights from previous events please dont hesitate to reach out to me - Mark Coates (mark.coates@bentley.com)
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    Cities are complex places made up of lots of interconnected systems. Currently, policies, strategies and the digital tools that help to define them, struggle to reflect this complexity and interconnectedness. Will digital twins and the ability to federate, help cities to become more holistic in the way they plan infrastructure and services? The focus of the 2nd series of digital twin talks is to explore the complex topic associated with the interconnection of digital twins in order to access the compound benefits that this can deliver. It cannot be expected by any solution provider, that “their” digital twin solution is one that can hope to achieve complete market monopoly given the bespoke nature of individual organisations and sectors requirements, histories and aspirations. It is, therefore, imperative that during the creation of these solutions one is considerate of design practices that are conducive in enabling the connection with other solutions [and their needs]. This practice will of course require governance but early reflection on this ambition can ultimately lower the technical hurdles that may emerge in line with potential integration frameworks.
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