Digital Twin Consortium

Object Management Group forms Digital Twin Consortium with founders Ansys, Dell, Lendlease, and Microsoft users to create standard terminology, reference architectures and share use cases across industries. Idun Real Estate has been selected to become one of the groundbreakers in the consortium.

Non-profit trade association Object Management Group® (OMG®) with founders Ansys, Dell, Lendlease and Microsoft, announced the formation of Digital Twin Consortium. Digital twins, virtual models of a process, product or service that allow for data analysis and system monitoring via simulations, can be challenging to implement due to a lack of open-source software, interoperability issues, legacy systems, and high costs. This new open membership organization will drive consistency in vocabulary, architecture, security and interoperability to help advance the use of digital twin technology in many industries from aerospace to natural resources.

Idun Real Estate, a software company dedicated to making the world’s buildings ready and able inhabitants of the smart cities of the future was asked to become a groundbreaker in the Digital Twin Consortium. With Iduns vibrant set of integrated applications, based on the open source semantic language RealEstateCore, enable property owners to transform their real estate portfolio into a platform for innovation, analysis, and optimization.

In order to ensure the success of Digital Twin Consortium, several leading companies involved in digital twin technology have joined the consortium prior to inception. This category of early innovators, called Groundbreakers, including Idun Real Estate, US Air Force, Transport New South Wales, Bentley Systems, Gafcon, Geminus.AI, Ricardo, LUNO UAB, and WSC Technology.

“Most definitions of digital twin are complicated, but it’s not a complicated idea. Digital twins are used for jet engines, a Mars rover, a semiconductor chip, a building and more. What makes a digital twin difficult is a lack of understanding and standardization,” said Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director. “Similar to what we’ve done for digital transformation with the Industrial Internet Consortium and for software quality with the Consortium for Information and Software Quality, we plan to build an ecosystem of users, drive best practices for digital twin usage and define requirements for new digital twin standards.”

Digital Twin Consortium will: 

  • Accelerate the market for digital twin technology by setting roadmaps and industry guidelines through an ecosystem of digital twin experts.
  • Improve interoperability of digital twin technologies by developing best practices for security, privacy and trustworthiness and influencing the requirements for digital twin standards.
  • Reduce the risk of capital projects and demonstrate the value of digital twin technologies through peer use cases and the development of open source code.ments with standards development organizations such as parent company OMG.

An ecosystem of companies, including those from the property management, construction, aerospace and defense, manufacturing and natural resources sectors will share lessons learned from their various industries and will work together on solve the challenges inherent in deploying digital twins. As requirements for new standards are defined, Digital Twin Consortium will share those requirements with standards development organizations such as parent company OMG.

Founding members, Ansys, Dell, Lendlease and Microsoft will each hold permanent seats on an elected Steering Committee, providing the strategic roadmap and creating member working groups.

Sam George, Corporate Vice President, Azure IoT, Microsoft Corp. said, “Microsoft is joining forces with other industry leaders to accelerate the use of digital twins across vertical markets. We are committed to building an open community to promote best practices and interoperability, with a goal to help establish proven, ready-to-use design patterns and standard models for specific businesses and domain-spanning core concepts.

Digital Twin Consortium is open to any business, organization, or entity with an interest in digital twins. Its members are committed to using digital twins throughout their operations and supply chains and capturing best practices and standards requirements for themselves and their clients.

More about Idun Real Estate

Idun is an IoT Operating System designed for and by real estate owners that are making the world’s buildings smarter faster. Powered by the data mapping capabilities of the open source semantic language RealEstateCore, Idun ProptechOS enables you to unlock a host of smart building benefits. Like better sustainability, well-being, productivity, and business.

In 2019, our mission to enable smart buildings and cities—and the ecosystem of services that supports them—was taken a step further with the establishment of Idun Real Estate Solutions AB. Our set of integrated applications, powered by RealEstateCore, help you facilitate smart buildings that contribute to greater sustainability, well-being, productivity, and better business.

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