Moves to see a thriving Digital Twin marketplace across Australia and New Zealand were revealed yesterday with the release of a draft Blueprint, stewarded by the Smart Cities Council (SCC).
Digital Twins, for all – the Australia New Zealand Digital Twin Blueprint – was released in draft form on Thursday at a gathering of government and industry leaders in Wellington, New Zealand.
SCC Executive Director, Adam Beck, said the document is the product of hundreds of stakeholders working together for the past two years across Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.
“And our goal is clear – to catalyse a thriving Digital Twin marketplace in the region so we can activate data and create value for decision-makers in the natural and built environments.”
To respond to a more dynamic and uncertain world and to take advantage of tomorrow’s economic opportunities, the way the built and natural environment is planned, built and managed, and how services are delivered need to be reconsidered. This will only be possible by embracing new open technologies – like Digital Twins – that allows more integrated, productive and sustainable physical and natural asset stewardship with the help of data insights.
With a culture of data leadership and valuing data as an asset, a Digital Twin journey can help share, decide and communicate the performance of places, landscapes, assets and systems.
The SCC has stewarded an open and collaborative process of shaping the direction of the Draft Blueprint and co-creating the content with stakeholders.
The Council’s Digital Twin Taskforce was a key driver in shaping the direction of the Blueprint. The document was hosted in an open online environment with the link to edit the document made freely available on request to stakeholders.
Mr Beck said the document is not a strategy, but rather a resource that the SCC hopes will inform policy-related activities by governments of all levels across the region as well as the work of industry bodies and professional associations.
“The Blueprint provides a series of draft recommendations based on engagement with government, industry and academia relating to Digital Twin capability development, leadership and governance, standards, use cases and research priorities,” he said.
The Draft Blueprint is now available for stakeholder feedback and the SCC hopes that stakeholders from all sectors across the natural and built environment review the document and help to improve it.
“We still have a lot of stakeholder engagement to do before we finalise the document and we hope that policymakers, practitioners and academics alike who are seeking a more sustainable natural and built environment provide feedback.”
The Draft Blueprint is available for download on the Australia New Zealand Digital Twin Hub.