Proceedings of the 2023 European Conference on Computing in Construction and the 40th International CIB W78 Conference


Towards integrated digital twins for construction and manufacturing

Irfan Čustović 1, Ranjith K. Soman 2, Pieter Pauwels 3, Daniel M. Hall 1
1 Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
2 ETH Zurich, Switzerland
3 Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

DOI: 10.35490/EC3.2023.256
Abstract: A digital twin (DT) can enhance construction management with comprehensive real-time simulations. However, research rarely considers prefabrication factories, whose processes have a significant impact on cost and duration. It remains unclear how construction DTs can achieve their expected benefits without dynamically interacting with the DTs of manufacturing facilities. To address this, a DT integration model is proposed. It builds upon systems theory and describes integration across the three layers objectives, processes, and data & tools. A theoretical example demonstrates potential benefits of integrated DTs. This work can assist researchers and practitioners who are focusing on DTs in the execution phase.
Keywords: Digital twins, Construction, Manufacturing, Production Planning and Control, Systems Integration

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