A Digital Twin for the Water Industry

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  • December 13, 2019
A Digital Twin for the Water Industry

Insights on How to Plan for a Digital Twin.

The Water & Wastewater Treatment (WWT) site has a new article by Chris Steele of Black & Veatch Europe on Industry 4.0 – how to build a digital twin. While it talks about the water industry, the advice and insights are just as applicable to other industries.

The article explains how a digital twin is a digital representation of physical assets that can provide historical, current and predictive analysis. In the water industry it can be used to:

“Dynamically inform risk-based investment decisions that support carbon sustainability, improved catchments and resilience planning for the availability and carriage of water.”

The article describes how the UK’s Anglian Water’s will be made up of sensors, asset data, integration with the digital twin, analytics, visualisation and action. The agile and iterative implementation process involves the following stages:

  • Agreeing the Vision
  • Discovery
  • Proof of concept
  • Enterprise implementation

Goals need to be aligned with business outcomes across operational, tactical and strategic time horizons. There will be an emphasis on improving and maintaining data quality though a Data Quality Framework.


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