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Digital Twins: The Future of City Planning and Infrastructure Management

June 07, 2023

As cities continue to grow and evolve, the need for smarter and more efficient infrastructure management becomes increasingly important. This is where the concept of digital twins comes in. A digital twin is a virtual replica of a physical asset or system, which can be used for testing, simulation, and real-time monitoring. In the context of city planning and infrastructure management, digital twins can help optimize asset performance, reduce costs, and improve public safety.

Understanding the Big Picture of Digital Project Delivery

At the heart of digital twins is the concept of digital project delivery (DPD). DPD is an end-to-end process that leverages digital technologies to streamline the construction process and ensure that data is captured and shared seamlessly between stakeholders. By implementing DPD, cities can reduce project delays and cost overruns, improve quality and safety, and create a digital record of asset data that can be used throughout the asset lifecycle.

To fully realize the benefits of DPD and digital twins, it's important to have a robust technology ecosystem in place. This is where partnerships between technology vendors such as Infotech, Esri, Trimble, and Leica can make a big impact. By working together, these vendors can provide cities with the tools they need to create and manage digital twins of their infrastructure assets.

GIS: A Crucial Component of Digital Twins

Infotech and Appia, for example, specialize in construction management and inspection software. By integrating that software with Trimble and Esri's field data collection devices and GIS platforms, they can help cities streamline their asset lifecycle workflows and ensure that data is captured and shared seamlessly between stakeholders. This integration can help break down departmental silos and create internal alignment, from executives to GIS to planning, engineering, and construction.

Esri's GIS platform, in particular, is a critical component of digital twins for cities. By providing a spatial context for asset data, Esri's platform can help cities better understand the relationships between their assets and make more informed decisions about how to optimize their performance. With Esri's platform, cities can create interactive maps and dashboards, perform geospatial analysis, and share information with stakeholders in real-time. Esri brings the social, natural, and the built environment to a Digital Twin.

Trimble and Leica's field data collection devices are also essential for capturing accurate and timely data throughout the asset lifecycle. By integrating these devices with Infotech software, cities can ensure that data is captured in a standardized format and is available to all stakeholders in real-time. This can help reduce errors, improve efficiency, and create a digital record of asset data that can be used throughout the asset lifecycle.

Transforming Your City

In conclusion, digital twins and DPD are transforming the way cities plan and manage their infrastructure assets. By working together, Infotech, Esri, Trimble, and Leica can help cities create and manage digital twins of their assets, streamline their workflows, and ensure that data is captured and shared seamlessly between stakeholders. The result is a more efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable approach to infrastructure management that benefits everyone in the community.


Ron Perkins
Channel Management and Partnerships
Ron Perkins, in his role as Channel Management and Partnerships at Infotech, Inc., brings over four decades of experience to the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. With a career spanning renowned firms like Construction Market Data (CMD) and Autodesk, Ron has spearheaded sales, business development, and product initiatives, shaping the industry with his expertise in market intelligence and technology deployment. Beyond corporate roles, he's provided strategic consulting to industry giants such as Hewlett Packard, SYNNEX, and Samsung, contributing to the launch of groundbreaking products like HP SitePrint. A sought-after speaker at prestigious events like Autodesk University and ENR FutureTech, Ron shares insights that drive industry progress. Actively engaged in industry committees and NSF-funded research grants, he continues to push the boundaries of technological advancement. As a former US Marine, Ron's service background adds depth to his character, while his contributions to industry publications solidify his status as a dedicated and innovative leader in the AEC domain.