Brit-twin: towards a national digital twin

In 2017, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) released the New Technology Study: Data for the public good which “examines the opportunities that new innovations present – and makes recommendations to increase open data sharing to make the most of them.”
The NIC’s key recommendations are:

The NIC’s ambition is certainly positive and reflects a drive to put what Britain’s dynamic and innovative tech sector is producing to good use for the nation’s infrastructure.
It is recommendation #2, “a digital twin of Britain’s infrastructure” that has caught the attention of the tech sector. Practical across many specific, smaller-scale use cases, it is yet to be accomplished on a scale required to make “Britwin” a reality.

That’s why techUK is bringing together public and private sector, policy makers, decision makers and innovators to forge an understanding of just what might be involved in making the national digital twin a reality, and how the tech sector can help to deliver this ambition, taking it beyond the pilot stage.

The day’s agenda is as follows:

09:30-10:00 Registration 

10:00-10:15 Welcome

10:15-11:15 Session One: Current state of play – what exists?

Hear from those who develop and use digital twins for various physical infrastructure assets as they share their experiences of real world applications and use cases. This session will lay the foundation for understanding what a digital twin is, and how it applies data and digital technologies to provide real-time insights that can assist in planning, predicting and understanding various types of infrastructure assets. 

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Peter van Manen, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
  • Ali Nicholls, Iotic Labs
  • Matthieu Francoz, Dassault Systemes
  • Kevin Reeves, Costain

11:15-11:35 COFFEE BREAK

11:35-13:00 Session Two: A Vision for Brit-twin

This session will combine public and private sector perspectives and approaches to outline what digital twin of Britain could and should involve, as well as identifying their priorities and challenges for infrastructure owners that a digital twin may be useful for. 

Speakers include:

  • Sarah Hayes, National Infrastructure Commission
  • Philip Proctor, Highways England
  • Kevin Reeves, Costain

13:00-14:00 LUNCH & DEMONSTRATIONS

14:00-15:15 Session Three: Delivering a National Digital Twin in 2019? 

The final session of the day will be centred around a panel discussion on how to deliver a national Digital Twin in 2019. Industry representatives, with first-hand experience of buying and selling digital twin technology, will share their thoughts on the necessary next steps to make a National Digital Twin a reality.  

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Peter van Manen, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
  • James Kidner, Improbable
  • Alexandra Bolton, Centre for Digital Built Britain
  • Matthieu Francoz, Dassault Systemes

15:15-16:00 Event Wrap-up & Networking

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