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Accelerating the adoption of digital twins in building industries

Published: Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 10:58

(Digital Twin Consortium: Boston) -- The Digital Twin Consortium announced a liaison agreement with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to advance the use of digital twins in the building industry.

“We are excited about working with NIBS on leveraging digital twins to extend building information management systems (BIMs) capabilities,” says Dan Isaacs, Digital Twin Consortium CTO. “Through our collaboration, we will influence standards and processes to advance the use of digital twins in building industries.”

Established by Congress in 1974, NIBS convenes experts from throughout the building industry, architecture, design, construction, and government.

“The construction industry has been a leader in implementing building information modeling to support activities in delivering projects, and NIBS supports this effort by developing BIM standards and guidelines at the national level,” says Stephen T. Ayers, NIBS FAIA and interim CEO. “This agreement with the Digital Twin Consortium comes at a critical point for the built environment.”

The two groups have agreed to collaborate on standards requirements and realize interoperability by harmonizing technology components and other elements, and are aligning work in Digital Twin Consortium horizontal domains for adoption within vertical environments and use cases, proof of concepts, and programs, including:
• Technology, terminology, and taxonomy
• Security and trustworthiness
• Conceptual, informational, structural, and behavioral models
• Enabling technologies such as simulation and AI
• Case study development from initial concept through operational analysis
• Open source for reference implementations
• Enhancing DTC and NIBS council awareness and advocacy through cross-member engagement
• Creating a joint working group on BIM and digital twins to coordinate existing standards and develop new standards and processes needed to drive adoption

Digital Twin Consortium and NIBS will exchange information through regular consultations, seminars, and more.

For more information, visit https://www.digitaltwinconsortium.org.

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