Strategic Focus: The Value Proposition For Smart Building Digital Twins

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Executive Summary

Digital twins are emerging in the real estate industry, transforming the way facilities are designed, constructed, operated and managed. This budding technology is unlocking a myriad of opportunities for stakeholders across the real estate value chain – and its maturity will bring further benefits. This report provides real estate professionals – encompassing property owners, investors, facilities managers and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) consultants – with insights into value propositions for various digital twin implementation scenarios. We assess the future potential of this technology and provide an overview of its current applications. Our report examines the real-world implementations of the technology across a breadth of asset types and use cases. Additionally, it demonstrates how digital twins can assist firms in achieving their overarching goals and address their pain points across distinct building lifecycle phases.

Table of contents

Digital twins deliver tangible value as they establish a foothold in the real estate sector
Digital twins demonstrate their greatest worth in industries with complex assets
Digital twin value increases exponentially as more domains are incorporated
Stakeholders derive distinct benefits from digital twins
Unlocking the full potential of digital twins requires expertise and supplementary services

Table of figures

Figure 1. Digital twin value and complexity matrix for different building types
Figure 2. Digital twins provide value by facilitating the discovery of synergies among diverse domains
Figure 3. The current and future value proposition of digital twins for specific roles in the real estate sector

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.

Claire Stephens

Research Director, Smart Buildings
Claire Stephens is Research Director of the Smart Buildings team. With 18 years of experience in the sector, Claire is recognized as an expert in industries that make up the built environment, in particular, corporate and commercial real estate, and workplace and sustainability technologies. At Verdantix, Claire will be digging into building technology for building owners, occupiers and investors, focusing on how to support them in reaching their ESG objectives. Prior to her arrival at Verdantix, Claire launched Asia’s first corporate real estate, green building and building technology publications. She has also delivered full lifecycle real estate consultancy services covering a broad range of asset types in industries including financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, technology, consumer goods, media, retail and hospitality.

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