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Analysis of Digital Twins in the Construction Industry: Practical Applications, Purpose, and Parallel with other Industries
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Fire Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5267-2605
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Fire Engineering. SINTEF Narvik AS, 8517 Narvik, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9423-7436
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Fire Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5154-7044
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Fire Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7799-5809
2024 (English)In: Buildings, E-ISSN 2075-5309, Vol. 14, no 5, article id 1361Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Digital Twins (DT) have become a widely discussed subject, believed to have the potential to solve various problems across different industries, including Engineering & Construction (E&C). However, there is still significant misconception concerning the definition of DT and their purpose within E&C. This study dives deep into identifying DT applications within E&C and the other prominent industries, i.e., Aerospace & Aviation, Manufacturing, Energy & Utilities, Automotive, Healthcare, Smart Cities, Oil & Gas, and Retail. The main challenges to the evolution of DT practical applications are also analyzed. A combination of literature review, multi-case study analysis, and comparative analysis compose the deployed methodology. Standardization and a maturity level classification are proposed to drive progress of the adoption of DT. The distinct aspects of the different industries and their assets are evaluated to the conclusion that DT are better employed to maintenance of structures within E&C. DT have become a well-worn topic, but the abundance of complex theoretical frameworks is met with simple or inexistent practical applications. Therefore, the novelty of this study lays in its comprehensive analysis of DT applications and real-world implementations – a departure from the often-theoretical discussions surrounding DTs.

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MDPI, 2024. Vol. 14, no 5, article id 1361
Keywords [en]
digital twins; practical applications; construction industry; Engineering & Construction; standardization; maturity level
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Computer Systems Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Structural Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-105308DOI: 10.3390/buildings14051361OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-105308DiVA, id: diva2:1855599
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InfraSweden2030
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VinnovaSwedish Research Council FormasSwedish Energy AgencySvenska Byggbranschens Utvecklingsfond (SBUF)
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Validerad;2024;Nivå 2;2024-05-16 (hanlid);

Funder: Skanska Sweden;

Full text license: CC BY 4.0

Available from: 2024-05-02 Created: 2024-05-02 Last updated: 2024-05-16Bibliographically approved
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1. Digital Twins for Asset Management of Civil Structures: Can we close the gap between perceived potential and practical applications?
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2024 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2024
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Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
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Building Technologies
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Structural Engineering
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urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-105312 (URN)978-91-8048-562-3 (ISBN)978-91-8048-563-0 (ISBN)
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2024-09-17, E632, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, 10:00 (English)
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