“From BIM to digital twin: the (real) benefits of the digital model for construction” – Newsletter – May 2021

The digital model has proven essential, from the design to the operation of buildings. Beyond BIM, now stands the Building Operating System and the digital twin, a living and evolving model inspired by the industry. What are the challenges and future uses of digital in construction? Will the digital twin be a trustworthy ally in reducing the environmental impact of construction? How will it help improve the smart city?

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— Analysis
Environmental impact from design to operation, the real challenge of the digital twin

 

Digital tech has taken over the construction industry: while BIM has left its mark on a whole range of projects, the digital twin – a living avatar of a building – promises to help improve the construction industry’s carbon footprint.

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— Projection

When smart buildings lead to smart cities

Forget excessive, impractical projects, the pandemic offers the perfect opportunity for rethinking the smart city in a pragmatic way, using connected objects and digital twins wisely – and in moderation.

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— Opinion

[conversation] Caroline Reminy, Head of BIM Engineering, VINCI construction France

A growing number of VINCI projects are using BIM-lead environments on their work sites. What’s more, BOS tools are on the increase and the digital twin is building a desirable future for itself. While digital mock-ups in construction have already proved their worth, there is still significant room for improvement, considers Caroline Reminy, Head of BIM Engineering at VINCI construction France.

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— Radar
Our selection of innovative businesses #33

Canvas raises $24 million to expand its fleet of drywall robots. French startup Diagrams raises €1.7 million for its preventative maintenance technology. Homebound looking to solve the housing shortage problem. Austrian startup Printsones launches multifunctional robot for on-site construction.

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— Trends
The digital twin-future for buildings and cities

The moment of truth has arrived for the digital twins on construction sites. What can these extended versions of BIM do to optimize the built environment throughout the life cycle of structures or buildings? Will they be a pillar for smart cities? Our selection of sources to take stock.

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— Radar
Our selection of innovative businesses #34

Based in New York and Florida, the startup Material Bank is now valued at $1 billion after raising $100 million in venture funding, led by General Catalyst. The American start-up OpenSpace has just received $55 million in Series C funding. Israeli start-up Locusview raises $64 million in Series A funding to accelerate the growth of its digital construction management platform for energy, telecom, and water industries.

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