Intelligent Communities Lifecycle Digital Twin Technology

Abstract/Technology Overview

The proposed technology relates to a platform of interconnected decision support tools that facilitate the planning, design and operation of energy efficient and sustainable communities of any size and purpose, whether that be a company, campus, city or country. It is a holistic tool for assessing any configuration of buildings throughout their lifecycle.

Utilising the latest digital technology to link IOT (Internet of Things) data, sensor readings, OpenData or any other data source into one interconnected platform, the tool enables investigation of built environment performance at any level.

The technology will provide decision makers with the information required to form intelligent solutions, by identifying the most effective and resource efficient ways in which they can dramatically reduce the use of energy and fossil fuels within a community.

The technology has delivered an interactive 3D visualisation and masterplanning model for Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, which uncovered campus-wide energy savings of 31%, S$4.7m in annual cost savings, and 9.6kt in carbon savings.

The tool has also been used to create a prototype community interaction model that enables real-time visualisation of energy data within the Trent Basin community in Nottingham, UK. A model that includes information on renewable energy generation and storage, alongside energy consumption data, and general information about the homes. While on the Orkney Island of Eday, the technology has been used to perform an energy network analysis to identify ways to minimise waste excess wind generation on the island, improve energy efficiency (with 76% total energy savings identified across the community) and outline steps to creating a Zero Energy Community.

The technology owner is seeking partners to collaborate through various modes including technology licensing, test bedding and co-create new branch of products.

Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages

  • First digital twin technology suite for the built environment which puts sustainability and environmental analysis at its heart.
  • Provides decision-makers with the information required to make intelligent choices, identifying the most effective, resource-efficient ways to dramatically reduce energy and fossil fuel consumption.
  • Undertake sustainable masterplanning
  • Delve into zero-carbon construction/retrofitting of individual buildings
  • Operate buildings or communities more effectively
  • Integrate with utilities and renewables to create local energy networks
  • Connect, visualise and analyse any data from any source
  • Citizen and operational team collaboration and engagement 

Potential Applications

  • iCD – intelligent Community Design - 3D Sustainable Urban Design and Early Stage Masterplanning 
  • iSCAN – intelligent Control and Analysis - A single platform to tackle energy hungry buildings
  • iVN – intelligent Virtual Network - Integrated energy network design and analysis tool
  • iCIM & iPIM – intelligent Information Models - Connect all tools across a Community or Portfolio
  • VE - Virtual Environment - Widely acknowledged as the leading building analytics platform

Customer Benefit

Project case studies which demonstrate the benefits the tools:

  • Identifying 31% energy savings, S$4.7M cost savings and 9.6kt carbon savings for the NTU EcoCampus, Singapore
  • Identifying 26% gas savings, 18% electricity savings and £52.3k annual cost savings for Glasgow’s Riverside Museum
  • Uncovering energy demand reductions of 22.5% (gas) and 30% (electricity) for Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Identifying how NZEB status could be achieved on Eday, with 76% total energy savings in a payback less than 6 years
  • Uncovering 12% energy savings for an existing net-zero energy building within the BCA Academy Campus, Singapore

Contact Person

Sriman NCVK


IESVE Singapore Pte Ltd.

Technology Category
  • Performance Monitoring System & Sensor
  • Smart Metering / Management System
  • Green Building
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data, Data Analytics, Data Mining & Data Visualisation
  • Smart Cities
Technology Readiness Level
  • TRL 9

Digital Twin, Zero Carbon, Net zero, Built Environment, Climate Change, Sustainability, Energy Efficient Design, Interconnected Platform

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