High Value Use Cases For Smart Building Digital Twins

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Executive Summary

This report provides real estate and facilities management executives interested in investing in digital twin solutions with an overview of high value use cases. Digital twins are a rapidly evolving software category in the smart building market that provide a single pane of glass view into operations and tools to perform advanced analysis. Over the past two years, the technology has started to break out of the pilot phase with a wave of customer implementations and further funding enabling suppliers to pursue growth strategies. The report analyses recent deployments to identify practical and high value applications of digital twin solutions across the building life cycle. The analysis finds that the highest-value applications centre around optimizing design processes, asset maintenance and building energy use by leveraging simulation and advanced analytical tools.

Table of contents

Digital Twins Gain Momentum In The Smart Building Market 
Graph Databases And Physics-Based Simulations Differentiate Digital Twin Software Solutions
Commercial Building Twins Can Unlock New Insights And Improve Scalability Of Data Analytics

Digital Twins Enable Firms To Push New Boundaries Across Design And Facilities Optimization 
Digital Twins Improve Data Collection And Design Processes In The Early Phases Of A Building’s Life Cycle
Digital Twins Usher New Advances Across Asset Management And Energy Optimization

Firms Must Start Their Digital Twin Journey By Reviewing Existing Technology Deployments 


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Figure 1. Digital Twin Components  
Figure 2. Digital Twin High Value Use Cases Along The Building Life Cycle 

About the authors

Susan Clarke

Research Director

Susan leads the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. Her current research agenda focuses on software solutions for real estate management including integrated workplace management systems and IoT platforms for buildings. Her research expertise also includes a broad range of energy management technologies and energy services. Susan has eight years of experience in technology research. She holds a MSc from the University of London in Sustainable Development.

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.

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