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Digital Twins - How can they help the South West to decarbonise?

Event organised by ICE

12 July 2021

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Could the use of Digital Twins aid and accelerate the net zero transition in South West England?

Join this exciting workshop to discuss how digital representations of the physical world might unlock new opportunities for the decarbonisation of infrastructure in the region.

The event is open to all, whether you’re an expert or novice.

Please join this free session to help guide the South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP)’s learning journey on Digital Twins.


The SWIP Net Zero Integrating Route Map, launched on 13 May 2021, identified the vital role of digital tools in aiding the collaborative learning and modelling that are essential to reshape future infrastructure provision that will underpin net zero in perpetuity.

One such digital tool is the so-called Digital Twin. This is a multi-faceted digital representation of a physical system, which, amongst other capabilities, captures the state of the system and enables simulations and forecasts of its future behaviour, given changes to the system and its environment.

The Digital Twin will inevitably become an essential tool in the kit for SWIP’s proposed South West Collaboratory, a living laboratory that will accelerate learning and collaboration in finding out what works, what doesn’t, and why, as we strive to deliver decarbonisation.

Digital Twins already have a successful pedigree in the aerospace and manufacturing sectors. Research is in progress to adapt this experience to the breadth and variety of systems that comprise infrastructure.

As part of the £138m UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), the Data Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI) is launching its digital platform, which will enable the development of integrated Digital Twins. SWIP is partnering with DAFNI to explore what role the platform might play in aiding regional decarbonisation.

This SWIP co-production workshop will be the first step in this exploration. It will:

  • Introduce the Digital Twin concept
  • Introduce DAFNI
  • Flag emerging Digital Twin developments in the South West
  • Consider how Digital Twins might help the many aspects of regional decarbonisation, identifying opportunities, needs and barriers.

The information will feed into SWIP's strategic planning and work programme for 2021-22, which might include a DAFNI-supported exploratory Digital Twin ‘Hackathon' in Autumn 2021.

The workshop will take place via Zoom with attendees working in break-out groups supported by an interactive online tool.

For more information please contact:

Barbara Sweet