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  1. Anglian Water is an early adopter of digital twins within the water sector, working closely with the Centre for Digital Built Britain to help develop the market and showcase how digital twins can support an organisation’s strategic outcomes. Anglian Water has a 15 year vision to develop a digital twin to sit alongside its physical assets. From an Anglian Water perspective, the Digital Twin is essentially an accurate digital representation of their physical assets, enabling insight, supporting decision making and leading to better outcomes. Aligning the digital twin objectives to Anglian Water’s regulated outcomes, as defined by the regulator OFWAT, has been a key step in developing the business case. With the initial vision and roadmap outlined the next step on the roadmap was to implement a proof of concept, to explore the value created from digital twins. Anglian Water undertook a discovery phase and a Proof of Concept with Black and Veatch for a Digital Twin back in 2019, and started to define how a Digital Twin would benefit the delivery and management of physical assets. The discovery phase looked to understand the current landscape, further enhancing the vision and roadmap, and establish persona requirements. It proved vital to really understand the organisation and the impact on people during this early exploratory work. The proof of concept looked at delivering three main outputs, focused on a pumping station to keep the scope focused and value measurable: To demonstrate an asset intelligence capability To demonstrate a visualisation capability To examine the asset data and architecture. Alongside the proof of concept other initiatives were kick started to consider how other elements of digital twin might add value, with a focus on more enhanced use of hydraulic models to explore how water networks could be further optimised. Anglian Water recognised early on that by integrating and enhancing many of the existing enterprise systems, existing investments could be leveraged and technology gaps identified. Learning from the proof of concept and other early works Anglian Water looked to the next step of the roadmap, a scaled demonstrator on the Strategic Pipeline Alliance. The Strategic Pipeline Alliance was set up to deliver up to 500km of large scale pipeline, and alongside this to start defining and delivering the first phase of the digital twin. SPA has a 2025 vision is to deliver a large-scale, holistically linked water transfer resilience system. This will be operated, performance managed and maintained using advanced digital technology. The SPA team set about developing a digital twin strategy which is based on the wider corporate vision and enhances the proof of concept work. The basic premise of the SPA digital twin is to integrate traditionally siloed business functions and systems, to deliver enhanced capability across the asset lifecycle. As with Anglian Water the SPA strategy is focused on using the technology available and developing a robust enterprise, integration, and data architecture to create a foundation for digital twin. Taking this a step further it was decided to adopt a product based approach, thinking about the development of digital twin products aligned to physical assets, that could be re-used across the wider Anglian Water enterprise. This whole life product based approach threw up some interesting challenges, namely how to build a business case that delivered benefit to SPA and also enabled Anglian Water’s future ambitions, taking a lifecycle view of the value delivered. To achieve this meant considering and assessing the value to both SPA during the capital delivery phase and Anglian Water during the operational phases. This process also highlighted that certain elements of the digital twin deliver value to both SPA and Anglian Water equally and could therefore be considered as a shared benefit. The resulting benefits register helped to identify the value delivered to the alliance partners which was vital to securing the delivery board sign off. As Anglian Water are a partner in the alliance, the ability to demonstrate value in the operational phase with SPA developing the technical foundation, was another key element in securing the investment. As part of the overall process the SPA board were keen to see how the investment would be allocated, therefore the strategy evolved to incorporate the capabilities to be developed within SPA to enable digital twin. This helped to inform and validate the team for digital twin delivery. With the capabilities and organisational chart resolved, a governance framework was put into place to allow the digital twin evolution to be managed effectively, putting in place the right checks and balances. This has included input and oversight from the wider Anglian Water team as ultimately, they will be responsible for managing the various digital twins long term. To validate the digital twin against the SPA outcomes and objectives, the various elements of the digital twin were incorporated into the overall enterprise architecture. This has proved to be an important part of the process to ensure alignment to the wider capabilities and importantly ensure the right technology is in place. The enterprise architecture continues to evolve to include information objects below the application layer, again building on the product based approach, so that the enterprise architecture can be utilised in the wider Anglian Water Alliances. In total the development of the strategy, business case and capabilities has taken 6 months, however it is important to note that this builds on the earlier proof of concept and ideation during the initial mobilisation of SPA. Given the approach a key next step is to work with Anglian Water to explore accelerated deployment of SPA digital twins on other major schemes, to put to test the product approach and maximise the investment made. We have learnt from the early developments on SPA that articulating a whole life view of value is vital and that focusing on capital / operational stages is equally important, so that appropriate budget holders can see the value being delivered. We have also learnt the importance of having a bold vision which must be matched by clear definition of the first few steps, showing a long term roadmap for achieving an enterprise digital twin. What is certainly clear is that we still have a lot to learn, however by following good architectural best practice and placing people and our environment at the heart of digital twin, we have put in place a good foundation from which to build. If you would like to know more, please get in touch through the DT Hub.
  2. Interesting Question: What is one difficulty that you’ve encountered while trying to create a Digital Twin? Context: We’ve heard that creating a Digital Twin can be a bumpy road. Various challenges can get in the way no matter what sort of Digital Twin you’re trying to set up or why. We’ve noticed in various conversations on the DT Hub that there is a wide range of these challenges, from technical or cultural to those related to resources or supply chains, and so many more. We’d like to hear about your experiences, so please share them with us here. Just a few guidelines before you start: One example at a time please - no lists! However, multiple posts are welcomed Please cite the industry you’re talking about Please: Your posts need to be pithy: · Give each post a title that sums up your blocker · Limit each post to 100 words or so, or supply a short summary at the top if you can’t. · Please include an image, it helps your post stand out We encourage you to like, or vote, on each other’s posts if you agree with them, your facilitator Joao and the DT Hub/ 100%Open are looking forward to reading your input. Thank you.
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    The Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo) project from the National Digital Twin programme is holding a webinar to launch the project to a global audience in conjunction with the COP26 climate conference on 2nd November at 10:30-12. This webinar replaces the weekly Gemini Call, and the DT Hub community are encouraged to sign up, as well as inviting their wider networks to attend. The climate emergency is here now, and connected digital twins are an important part of achieving net zero and climate resilience. The CReDo team will present how the project meets this urgent need, and will premiere two exciting outputs – a short film and an interactive visualisation of how connected data across three infrastructure networks can provide better insights and lead to better resilience of the system-of-systems overall. Only if we come together to securely share data across sectors can we plan a smarter, greener, more resilient built environment. Book your spot today! Keep an eye on the DT Hub website for updates about the CReDo programme.
  4. Katie Walsh

    Defining Our Digital Twin Challenges!

    Creating Digital Twins can be like sailing in uncharted waters, so how do you handle it when unforeseen challenges rock the boat? Can you even predict what kinds of things will disrupt your journey? We’ve noticed in various conversations on the DT Hub that no matter what sort of Digital Twin you’re trying to set up or why, there is an incredibly wide range of potential disruptions. From technical to cultural, from resources to supply chains, almost every avenue is susceptible to producing a challenge somewhere. Many examples that we’ve already seen have only become apparent once the people developing Digital Twins are up against them in real time, so that’s why the DT Hub has launched this new activity, Defining Our Digital Twin Challenges! We would like to know about the challenges you’ve encountered on your DT journey in order to make the overall roadmap easier to follow. The information you provide will help us to ultimately define our common challenges so we can start to solve them together. This series of thematic workshops, run by the DT Hub, will progress the conversation around the Digital Twin Journey, and surface some of the challenges that organisations are still facing whilst embarking on their journey. Each Challenge will culminate in an Activity, where we will present the specific challenge areas that you have brought to us to a select group in order to provide constructive feedback. The outcome of these workshops will be to share insights from inside and outside the community for the benefit of the community as a whole. You can use this activity Bring out your Digital Twin Challenges to explore your challenges with others, and our crowd facilitator, Joao, will be interacting with you to make sure you get the best experience possible. Joao is a former market researcher, court interpreter and has been a brilliant member of our team for years as a 100%Open Associate. We look forward to your invaluable contributions, and in turn the exponential development of the DT journey.
  5. Alexandra Robasto

    The Digital Twin Ocean

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    The Ocean Data Alliance believes in a Digital Twin Ocean that illuminates what’s going on above, on, and below the surface of the ocean, in the chemistry, biology, and physics of the water and the marine life that lives in it – for all the world to see on any platform and device. Data, captured with analog and digital sensors, in situ and in the past, combined with geospatial information, video, audio, and reports is the currency of a Digital Twin Ocean. How it is collected, transmitted, aggregated, shared, and governed across entities, nations, and organizations are massive challenges. In this short event, we intend to explore a few basic questions: What is a Digital Twin Ocean? What problems does it solve? How much of the ocean can be “twinned?” What other industries are using Digital Twin technology today? If you love the ocean and have data science, IoT, remote sensing, or data governance skills in the private sector, marine science, and public policy this event is for you. The Ocean Data Alliance is a trans-disciplinary team that explores ocean challenges and sustainable business solutions. To Register for this Event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-digital-twin-ocean-tickets-152892404297 Link to the event: The Digital Twin Ocean - UN World Oceans Day Other useful links related to the topic: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/g7-climate-and-environment-ministers-meeting-may-2021-communique/g7-ocean-decade-navigation-plan
  6. Digital Water

    Climate Accounting - Hyperledger

    As part of research I'm doing in development of a Semantic Ontology for water systems, I came across an important international group working on blockchain for climate accounting. Hyperledger is coordianted by Linux Foundation and is Disributed Ledger Technology (DLT) which has published its first Ontology for climate accounting as a general ontology relevant to all 17 SDGs. They have recognised the important nexus between carbon and water and have factored the nexus into the current design. It has members drawn from around the world and a number of active WGs. If anyone is interested, there are as always a number of ways to get more involved via https://www.hyperledger.org/
  7. Is UK civil engineering construction sector using digital twin technologies ? What benefits can it bring to project controls ? What are the challenges affecting adoption of digital twin ?
  8. Mark Coates

    Twin Talks - Bentley - Roger Bailey

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    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)
  9. Webinar: Digital Twins in Water Utility Operations – Introducing OpenFlows WaterSight Bentley’s new water infrastructure digital twin solution, OpenFlows WaterSight, connects SCADA, GIS, hydraulic modeling, and customer information into a single interoperable dashboard. Register for this webinar to see how a scalable cloud-based environment can provide your entire utility access into the detection of critical system and individual asset performance information, enhancing operations and maintenance planning decisions. Bentley product success consultant Joel Johnson will share new ways to mirror and simulate current water-system conditions and performance, so you can: · Confidently share detailed graphics of current network performance, as well as the expected consequences and improvement for actions related to operational and maintenance activity · Monitor flow, pressure, and water quality conditions at every point in the system · Improve energy efficiency leveraging real-time analyses of each pump and tank, with alerts for when performance is outside of service thresholds. https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1353076&tp_key=281cc43d58
  10. 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
  11. Tech Talk: Seeing Double – How Digital Twins Overcome the Challenges of Water Network Monitoring and Forecasting Watch Dr. Tom Walski, Bentley Fellow, as he shares how water utilities can overcome the challenges of operating their networks with OpenFlows WaterOPS—Bentley’s complete predictive modeling and scenario management solution for real-time water network operations, maintenance, and forecasting. https://www.bentley.com/en/perspectives-and-viewpoints/topics/tech-talk/2019/tech-talk-seeing-double-how-digital-twins-overcome-the-challenges-of-water-network-monitoring
  12. A number of interesting podcasts relating to water. Podcast 1: Digital Twins and Water Utility Capital Planning Water utilities continue to have to address the persistent external challenges associated to the infrastructure budget gap, ensuring that consumers trust the reliability and safety of water services, and that the systems that deliver these services are resilient. Additionally, internal issues may prevent improved insights and more efficient processes around capital planning. Digital twins help utilities take a data-driven approach to capital planning so that time is spent on preventative planning versus reacting to issues, and the decisions made yield the highest value for each dollar of investment. Learn more about Digital Twins in Water Utilities. Speakers: Dr. Tom Walski, Bentley Fellow, Water Infrastructure; Ari Opdahl, Senior Product Manager, Water Infrastructure https://players.brightcove.net/5209582030001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6124419772001 Podcast 2: Digital Twins and Water Utility Operations and Maintenance Water utilities face operations and maintenance challenges related to rapidly aging infrastructure, regulatory requirements, changes in customer demands, availability of funds, among others. Many utilities have SCADA and various systems that provide detailed data to help them remain responsive and resilient in the face of these challenges. Often, however, utilities are data-rich and information poor and lack the tools to visualize, assemble, and analyze the data they do collect so that they can present this data in a readily understandable and actionable way for decision-making. With digital twins, you can more easily identify and quantify vulnerabilities, efficiently test mitigation strategies before implementation, and stage and prioritize processes for operations and maintenance. You can also consider future changes for capital planning. Learn more about Digital Twins in Water Utilities. Speakers: Joel Johnson, Manager, Product Success, Water Infrastructure https://players.brightcove.net/5209582030001/wnP7ciZJZ_default/index.html?videoId=6164225891001 Podcast 3: Digital Twins and Water Utility Emergency Preparedness A water utility must remain responsive and resilient, but emergencies occur that can interrupt services or the quality of services. Additionally, internal issues may cause the utility to remain reactive versus proactive when it comes to emergency response. With digital twins, you can more easily identify and quantify vulnerabilities, efficiently test mitigation strategies before implementation, and stage and prioritize processes for operations and maintenance. You can also consider future changes for capital planning. Learn more about Digital Twins in Water Utilities. Speakers: Joel Johnson, Manager, Product Success, Water Infrastructure; Dr. Tom Walski, Bentley Fellow, Water Infrastructure https://open.spotify.com/embed-podcast/episode/180i6aSmWebeqWc1e2BU2y
  13. Samuel A Chorlton

    Water Industry - Innovation Requirements

    As part of the roadmap towards the attainment of Digital Twins the water industry seems to have some of the most tangible immediate use cases. I was just reading around the innovation priorities for Yorkshire Water which seem to be very customer and environmentally centric. It is quite easy to see how Digital Twins could play a crucial role in the delivery of these priorities: Developing Innovation Solution to enable sustainable use of our water resources; Creating sustainable energy facilities by generating energy from our processes and managing demand effectively; Ensuring our customers are provided with the highest quality drinking water; Developing leading edge tools for our networks which allow real-time monitoring and control, drive down leakage or reduce the impact of sewer flooding; and Develop state-of-the-art tools to forecast and mitigate the future impacts that climate change will have on Yorkshire. @Chris Jones (NWG) and @Matt Edwards how does this compare to your innovation priorities?
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