Esri joins Digital Twin Consortium

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 25 March, 2021

Esri joins Digital Twin Consortium

Geographic information system (GIS) software specialist Esri has joined the Digital Twin Consortium to help promote the standardisation of the digital twin model.

The consortium consists of representatives from industry, government and academia, and is aimed at establishing a common vocabulary and driving the consistency of architecture, security and interoperability of digital twin technology.

Esri, which provides GIS software to organisations capable of allowing them to connect detailed building information models to their natural surroundings, will participate in the consortium in support of this business model.

Esri Global Industry Director for Utilities and AEC Matt Piper said that while digital twins have been adopted by a number of organisations, they have often been deployed on an ad hoc basis without a larger strategy or vision. This has resulted in many siloed models that are fragmented and disconnected from other critical information systems.

“We are excited to join the consortium along with our partners, including Autodesk and Microsoft, to demonstrate how users can benefit from GIS when developing digital twins,” he said.

“Esri’s technology gives customers the ability to visualise, understand and analyse geographic information at a large scale by connecting and interacting with disparate systems. Users may have created a digital twin of a facility or plant structure in the past, but it wouldn’t be connected to other systems. Esri’s ArcGIS software enables organisations to see digital twins in the context of other information models, like electric and water networks or the environment.”

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