NVEC partner the Virtual Engineering Centre, part of the University of Liverpool, has published a new white paper exploring the factors influencing the development of digital twins and why interoperability is a key consideration as the technology matures.

Professor Eann Patterson FREng, Dean of the School of Engineering at The University of Liverpool, said: “From their origins in the aerospace industry, digital twins have emerged as a lynchpin technology of the Fourth Industrial Revolution within industries as diverse as automotive, construction and utilities. By creating digital representations of real-world assets, engineers are transforming how complex systems, infrastructure and products are designed and maintained.

“While this proliferation of digital twin technology is tremendously exciting, it also raises important questions about interoperability. As their use grows, one asset’s digital twin is likely to need to be connected to that of another, for their full benefits to be realised.

“Our paper covers the factors influencing the development of digital twins and the need to consider and plan for the integrated digital environments that they will operate within in the future. It seeks to spur new thinking around a transformative technology which will impact a wide variety of industries; and one which, properly harnessed, can support the UK’s scientists, engineers and the wider public for decades to come.”

To download the white paper, please click HERE.