What are

Digital Twins?

Digital Twins is a digital version of a real life physical entity, thus it is represented by 3D models and live data obtained from the real entity.

Why Digital Twins

Even though the initial process of setting up the digital twin can be lengthy depending on the size and complexity of the digital twin, it allows you to have a visual and interactive representation of the live data from the physical structure and systems.

Designers, engineers, architects and other stakeholders will be able to discern patterns and analyze data in ways never before possible, and this could lead to insights to improve efficiency and safety.

How are Digital Twins made?

  1. Make a 3D model of everything you want to visualize

  2. Install sensors or configure machines to send live data

  3. Set up a software interface to process live data and update the model in real time

At Ignite VR, we work with partners for step 1 and 2, and we specialize in step 3 using Unreal Engine 4 which makes the setting up and maintaining of digital twins easier and faster than programming from scratch. 

Examples of Digital Twins

City planning and Infrastructure – A recent smart city project that involved us digitally assembling a digital twin of a city in China. We worked with the China team to use the 3D model of the city as well as live data they obtained from sensors, cctv, etc. to build a smart city dashboard in Unreal Engine 4 where city operators can monitor the city and each building’s resident occupancy, visitor traffic, environment, energy consumption, fire alarms, security cameras, car park occupancy and lift operation. Usually this application will require a high spec PC to run and is suitable for the command centre, however we are able to stream the application to mobile devices to enable portable usage. 

Other examples of digital twins possible are factory assembly line, autonomous vehicles, airport, etc.