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DNA for Digital Twin

Autodesk has been helping manufacturers to create intelligent, data-rich digital prototypes of physical assets for over three decades for their products and facilities that exist or will exist in the real world. Today, we’re using the same technology and expertise to help businesses like yours make Digital Twin a reality.


What is a Digital Twin?

Digital twin is an up-to-date digital representation of an object or system with contextual & operational awareness. It allows you to mirror the real-world systems through their visual representations along with their physical behavior.

The visual representation typically comes from the design data (CAD or BIM) or other sources such as photogrammetry, laser scans, and even schematics. The physical behavior can be covered through operational data pulled in live from sensors or predicted using mathematical models or a mix of both. Based on the expected uses of the digital twin, other data sources (such as ERP or CRM) can be accessed via the same digital twin. In its most mature form, a digital twin hence should give seamless access to any information pertaining the asset represented by the digital twin.

Benefits of Digital Twin

Accelerating the decision-making process

The main benefits of a digital twin can be summarized under the headings of:

  • Time reduction while looking for information
  • Increase in operational efficiency with a higher level of automation
  • Enabling new workers by embedding “expert’s knowledge” & contextualization of data within the real environment (call it gamification or AR/VR)
  • Digitizing customer experience

As evident from the definition above, connecting different information & corporate silos is one of the biggest value propositions of a digital twin. Timely actionable insights to act upon, ease of collaboration & automation of processes through a digital twin platform can radically reduce the time spent by a collaborative worker (that forms almost 60% of a collaborative worker’s as stated by a McKinsey report).

With the contextualization of data in “real-life” like context (from 3D to AR/VR), digital twin augments the work of less experienced workers. This is key to increased productivity and also to the professional fulfillment & accelerated learning the path and hence the retention of the new generation of talent who are “digital natives”.

According to a McKinsey report: “a searchable record of knowledge can reduce, by as much as 35 percent, the time employees spend searching for information. Additional value can be realized through faster, more efficient, more effective collaboration, both within and between enterprises.”

Infographic: Dialects of a Digital Twin

Have a look at our infographic to find out the new possibilities and solutions for manufacturers – at every stage of the lifecycle of a product or project. As mentioned above the Digital Twin can have multiple dialects or flavors based on the focus use-cases. The level of details and features offered by a digital twin will vary based on the purposes the digital twin is supposed to serve dictated by the business outcomes sought.

Live-Webinar: Unlock the power of Digital Twin through an integration platform

This webinar is focused on how you can connect collaborative workflows and do more with design, operational and non-engineering (meta) data. Autodesk Forge platform unlocks the power of data so you can connect teams, workflows, and build new services to address today's connected customer… through accelerated development of applications.

Whether you are interested in digitalizing your current customer experience or brining new services to them or digitalizing your own operations, your data holds the key to creating these types of experiences. Autodesk Forge can help you tap into that potential by connecting the existing digital islands among them and automating the workflows rather than chasing the dream of a single and giant database that could replace all other time-proven specialized information systems.

EMEA Session: How to achieve a highly efficient construction workflow? March 9 | 04 pm - 05 pm CET | 10 am - 11 am EST REGISTER NOW
EMEA Session: How to optimize industrial operations & maintenance processes with Digital Twin? March 11 | 04 pm - 05 pm CET | 10 am - 11 am EST REGISTER NOW

Discover Community Success Stories

From artificial intelligence to virtual reality, from smart manufacturing to the connected job site — the Digital Twin community of customers and partners are using Forge to innovate in their industries.

  • Custom 3D-printed prosthetics for the developing world

    LimbForge™ is a nonprofit that provides tools and training that help clinicians deliver high-quality and cost-effective 3D-printed prosthetics. Turning to Forge helped LimbForge add a greater degree of customization, speed, and scale to the process.

  • Forge helps trim emissions by 20% on $500-million transport project

    Norconsult Informasjonssystemer has delivered a Forge based project collaboration system to unite design, construction and owner teams on a complex road, bridge, and tunnel project in Norway.

  • VINCI Facilities provides building operators with real-time facility visibility, helping them address issues as much as 30% faster.

    VINCI Facilities uses sensors, BIM, and Forge to create a real-time facility management hub for buildings operators.

  • Forge provides window into quality

    Using Forge, JELD-WEN brings its product catalog to life online, helping consumers and designers make more-informed purchases.

Get in touch with our experts

Get in touch with our experts

Leave your details and we will contact you for a consultation or get in touch with our experts if you’d like more information about how we can help you enable better industrial outcomes by applying a digital twin to support your business objectives.

  • Shakeel Mirza

    Business Development EMEA
    +33 674 794 483

  • Anurag Sharma

    Business Development NAMER
    +1 508 740 7232