Taking GIS to the Next Level with Digital Twin Integration
Digital twins produce three-dimensional virtual renderings of physical environments. They’re reinventing how organizations manage construction projects, smart cities, new product designs and logistics operations.
From a “front row” office seat that could be miles way, a construction manager can use a digital twin on their desktop, laptop or mobile to see: how an elevation problem with an as-built road is impacting water drainage; a city planner can see how strategically placed traffic lights and a conversion of some roads to one way traffic could relieve traffic congestion; and a product engineer can visualize how compact a battery (and battery compartment) need to be to keep an appliance within a specific weight and size footprint.
NASA originally constructed on-the-ground physical replicas of the Apollo 13 spacecraft in the 1960s to assess and simulate on board craft conditions. Today’s engineers, decision makers and GIS (geographic information system) professionals can visualize the physical impact of new designs and changes at their desks and on their devices, without having to go anywhere and – in most cases – without the need to construct a physical prototype.
If this sounds good, it is – but it’s only as good as the ability of a foundational system such as GIS to be able to integrate applications and data, as well as full-grown digital twin models.
Download this report for a look at how this can work in practice.
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