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Digital twin and its implementations in the civil engineering sector

Jiang, F; Ma, L; Broyd, T; Chen, K; (2021) Digital twin and its implementations in the civil engineering sector. Automation in Construction , 130 , Article 103838. 10.1016/j.autcon.2021.103838. Green open access

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Abstract

Digital Twin (DT) concept has recently emerged in civil engineering; however, some problems still need to be addressed. First, DT can be easily confused with Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Second, the constituents of DT applications in this sector are not well-defined. Also, what the DT can bring to the civil engineering industry is still ambiguous. To address these problems, we reviewed 468 articles related to DT, BIM and CPS, proposed a DT definition and its constituents in civil engineering and compared DT with BIM and CPS. Then we reviewed 134 papers related to DT in the civil engineering sector out of 468 papers in detail. We extracted DT research clusters based on the co-occurrence analysis of paper keywords' and the relevant DT constituents. This research helps establish the state-of-the-art of DT in the civil engineering sector and suggests future DT development.

Type: Article
Title: Digital twin and its implementations in the civil engineering sector
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2021.103838
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2021.103838
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Digital Twin, civil engineering, Building Information Modelling, cyber-physical systems, asset management, 28 operations and maintenance, defect detection
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10131833
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