On Wednesday April 21st we heard from experts at Babcock International, Rolls-Royce, Cranfield University, Strathclyde University and the Digital Catapult about the practicalities and benefits of deploying digital twin technology
From smart buildings to warships to entire factories and even the human blood system, the ability to create a real-time digital representation of an asset – a so called digital twin – is already revolutionising many areas of technology.
This special online panel discussion – hosted by The Engineer magazine and Babcock International Group – brought together experts from across industry to explore the concept of the digital twin in more detail and to provide readers with valuable insight into how and why they should go about deploying this innovative technology.
Key discussion areas / Agenda
- The broad benefits of digital twins
- Introducing a digital twin for the first time
- Retrofitting digital twins on to legacy assets
- Applications across the asset lifecycle
- Bringing the supply chain on board
- Systems to systems thinking – integrating disparate digital twins
- Understanding what digital skills will be required for your business
- The role of digital twins in sustainability programmes
Drawing on best practice case studies from different sectors, the discussion looked at examples of the digital twin in action; explored the challenges and benefits of implementing and maintaining a digital twin and highlighted findings and thinking that that can be shared across sectors.
Meet the panel
- Dr Jon Hall – Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, Babcock International Group
- Steve Penver – Head of Data & Analytics, Babcock International Group
- Prof John Erkoyuncu – School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University
- Dr Nick Wright – Head of Manufacturing Industries, Digital Catapult
- Dr Chris Wallace – Knowledge Exchange Fellow, University of Strathclyde
- Alistair Donaldson – Transformation Executive – Head of Innovation and new Product Design, Rolls-Royce Plc.