A Digital Twin is a great concept – but what about the rest of the “family?”



Some may be familiar with the concept of the Digital Twin but others may still be wondering “what is it?”.


Gartner best describe it; “a digital design pattern that represents a physical object with the objective of understanding the asset’s state, responding to changes, improving business operations and adding value”.


Benoit Lheureux, research vice president at Gartner has said; “We predicted that by 2022, over two-thirds of companies that have implemented IoT will have deployed at least one digital twin in production”.


So why are organisations implementing a Digital Twin? In short, to ensure that there is a digital representation of how a building asset (for example) operates in an efficient way, saving time, effort, resource and most importantly money.


To go deeper, follow the hyperlink to Gartner Press Release to understand why:


Gartner Survey Reveals Digital Twins Are Entering Mainstream Use


A digital twin is primarily created during the design and construction of new buildings, so chances are that the building you are sitting in does not have a digital twin. Your building most likely has lived through many refurbishments and extensions since it was first built and occupied and its plans are most likely not kept up to date. In fact, every new tenancy will make design changes, alter interiors and many of these changes are only documented for fit-out purposes and potentially for emergency procedures (but not always). They typically sit with the Municipal Council, the Architect or the builder as hard copy but as we have found, rarely can you easily gain access to the digital version. This is because of the disjointed way in which version control of plans (or part plans) by building owners is maintained.


Digital twin software is great technology for new builds but what happens to the older siblings, the 98% of building stock that was created over the last 150 years?


PlanStudio from Locatrix automates the creation of indoor floor plans. By using geospatial technology, the import of base plans can be easily marked-up using its drafting tool features. PlanStudio is able to create your buildings floor plans within 1% accuracy. Take a look at this video to see how:



Locatrix built and patented this invention to speed up its own processes but quickly realised that they had solved a bigger problem. Making the switch from a company that made the humble evacuation sign to becoming a software provider to the industry has been a welcome surprise in this story “Realising that we had solved not only problem for us, but an industry problem, we transformed our business to partner with the industry rather than compete with it.” John Hummelstad CEO of Locatrix.


Now used by the majority of the Fire Services Industry in Australia, Locatrix has over 23 million sqm of indoor floor plans (as at February 2021 and growing) which it intends to provide free of charge to Emergency Services, ensuring that the most up to date plans are there to assist first responders when they are most needed – during an emergency. “By providing digital information when it is critically needed, we believe that our software will save lives not only of the occupants but also of the first responders” Hummelstad explained.


PlanStudio continues to develop in response to the needs of its software partners. The idea of a digital twin is to have a spatial repository for every aspect of a building, how it works, is maintained and the life cycle of this asset. This begins with geospatially mapping the dimensions of the build and ensure all aspects of the physical is duplicated to the virtual.



“Our Roadmap is strong with brilliant ideas that come from our development team, partners, clients, advisors and industry. The concept of a digital twin is very useful we are interested in providing this functionality for those older buildings which actually hold greater risk of experiencing significant emergency events due to their age and change of use over their lifetime.”


“We see this all the time in the buildings that house the most vulnerable too: Schools, aged care buildings and hospitals” John continued “We see so much possibility for the software and look forward to what the future shall bring”.

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