Asset Intelligence Report

A Primer on Digital Twins

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A digital twin is a digital representation or virtual replica of a physical object, person, or process. It is the result of a software algorithm that harnesses real-world data captured via sensors, laser mapping, or other internet of things (IoT) technologies that are attached to the source object or reference material. Ideally, any information that can be obtained by examining the physical object can, in theory, also be obtained from its digital “twin.” The virtual twin of the object is usually hosted in the cloud, where it connects to and mirrors the physical asset’s data – historical, current, and changes as they occur – enabling near real-time, remote access to the physical object’s actual conditions at all times.

This Asset Intelligence Report serves as an informative primer to provide an understanding of digital twin technology, how it can be leveraged, and where it is headed in the future. This primer contains the following sections:

  • Overview of Digital Twins
  • Digital Twin Types
  • History and Development
  • Industry Application
  • Future Applications
  • References

As with other Asset Intelligence Reports, this document is not intended to serve as a comprehensive guide, but rather an introductory primer on digital twin technology. Since the information is provided in a condensed format, we recommend printing and laminating copies that can be referenced by you and your co-workers at your convenience.

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