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Autodesk digital twin technology

Digital twin for architecture, engineering, and construction

A digital twin integrates real-time data from a built asset with its digital representation to create insights across the project lifecycle. Digital twins optimize designs and boost productivity.

What is digital twin for the AEC industry?

A digital twin for AEC is a dynamic, up-to-date replica of a physical asset or set of assets—whether it’s a building, a campus, a city, or a railway—that brings together design, construction, and real-time operational data. Digital twins simulate, predict, and inform decisions.

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Learn the benefits and use cases of digital twin in the ebook Demystifying Digital Twin.

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  • Start digital and stay digital with the digital twin beta

    Autodesk Tandem is a tool that streamlines the journey of creating a digital twin by harnessing the power of BIM and unlocking its rich data, enabling an effortless digital handover to owners for ready-to-go operations.

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Digital twin is transforming AEC

Owners and operators gain insights to continually improve building performance.

What are the benefits of digital twin?

Digital twins give multi-dimensional views into how an asset is designed and how it’s performing, including occupant behavior, use patterns, space utilization, and traffic patterns. A digital twin offers a means to test "what-if" scenarios, including the impact of design changes, weather disruptions, and security events. It collects substantial data under one environment.

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How does digital twin work?

Digital twin works by integrating a building’s system, sensor, and utility meter data with intelligent multidimensional digital models. A true digital twin possesses the operational and behavioral awareness necessary to simulate, predict, and inform decisions based on real world conditions.

What are the differences between digital twin and BIM?

The BIM process incorporates data created during the planning and design phases. Digital twin extends data capture to the construction and operational phases of the asset—and can also inform planning and design for future projects.

Realizing the full promise of digital twin requires multidisciplinary models at the core and an integration of systems and data across workflows and between organizations. BIM is the most efficient path to the creation of an accurate, high-value digital twin.

Digital twins and smart cities

A smart city is a concept that uses technology to improve governance, planning, management, and livability of a city by gathering real-time data. Because digital twins are up-to-date replicas of a city's infrastructure, they can mimic how an actual city is behaving and provide the insights needed to optimize performance.

How Esri and Autodesk are building together

By combining spatial intelligence and building information modeling, Esri and Autodesk provide businesses like yours with the tools to optimize planning, design, building, and operations.

Try the digital twin beta today

Create a real-time digital reflection of a building and harness the data created during a project to help customers achieve more efficient operations, lower their maintenance costs, and maximize the value of their investments.

Digital twin classes and resources

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Delivering BIM to owners with a digital twin

This talk will help you cut through the hype, so you understand the value of a digital twin and what is required to create one.

Digital twin for building owners

Watch this roundtable discussion to explore, define, and understand what digital twins mean for the building industry today.

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