Digital Twin Essentials: A Guide For Real Estate Professionals (2023 Issue)

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Executive Summary

  • This report explores the concept of digital twins and how they have emerged as a transformative technology in the real estate industry. The guide covers the essential components of digital twin technology, presents key use cases and budding areas of interest, and examines varying levels of digital twin complexities, scales and analytics capabilities.
  • This guide is an essential read for real estate professionals – encompassing property owners, investors, facilities managers and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) consultants – who are seeking to better understand the current state of digital twin technology and its applications in the real estate sector. Throughout the guide, Verdantix presents real-world use cases to illustrate the practical implementation of digital twins in buildings. 
  • Amid a significant influx of diverse digital twin offerings, and inconsistent terminology, providers and buyers in the market encounter confusion. This guide seeks to alleviate this by providing real estate professionals with a unified understanding of digital twins. 
  • Reading this guide will provide you with a clear grasp of the technology foundations of digital twins, the role they play in optimizing building lifecycle performance, and their potential to revolutionize the smart building market. 
  • Digital twin technology is undergoing rapid evolution; the contents of this guide accurately reflect the state of the market in 2023. The guide will be updated annually to account for advancements in the space. 

About the authors

Amelia Feehan

Senior Analyst
Amelia is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. Her current research agenda focuses on digital twins, IoT solutions and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) software. Prior to joining Verdantix, Amelia worked as a façade engineer at Arup, where she gained experience in sustainable building design and construction. She holds an MEng in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.

Joy Trinquet

Senior Analyst
Joy is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. Her current research agenda focuses on integrated workplace management systems/connected portfolio intelligence platforms (IWMS/CPIP), building systems integrators, and space and workplace management solutions. Joy joined Verdantix in 2019, having previously worked at BNP Paribas Asset Management as a business development intern. She earned a BA degree in Economics with a concentration on policy, as well as dual minors in computer science and business studies, from New York University.

Rodolphe d’Arjuzon

MD and Global Head of Research
Rodolphe co-founded Verdantix in 2008 and directs the firm’s research strategy across all practice areas. Rodolphe has over 20 years of experience in technology research and strategy consulting. He previously worked for Barclays Bank and L.E.K. Consulting. Rodolphe holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge.

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