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Digital twins made of three University of Glasgow buildings

by Liam Turner
Part of the University of Glasgow

Glasgow-based proptech firm IES has created digital twins of three buildings at the University of Glasgow as part of a pilot project assessing how compliance models can be used to improve building performance. 

The project saw the creation of digital twins for the James McCune Smith Learning Hub (JMS), built in 2021, and the Advanced Research Centre (ARC), completed in 2022.

A digital twin was also created of the university’s 55-year-old library.

Compliance models are created at the design stage to assess aspects such as energy performance and environmental rating.

However, they are typically unable to reliably predict real-world building performance in a useful way.

The project used compliance models for three buildings at different stages of their lifecycle and created calibrated models and, from those, detailed digital twins.

The pilot project and insights from the campus building models will be used to drive recommendations for better performance management.

‘Valuable insights’

Commenting on the project, Ruth Kerrigan, chief operating officer at IES, said: “Many valuable insights have been derived from this project, which we hope will help to improve the way that building performance is measured and demonstrate the role that digital twins can play in facilitating this change.

“Better measurement and verification for building performance is desperately needed if we are to decarbonise the built environment.

“Operational efficiency and performance metrics need to be considered at the earliest possible stage in a building’s lifecycle to prevent the need for costly interventions and reduce the performance gap between design and operation.”

She continued: “Currently, calibrated models created during the design stage are not used in any further stages of the building’s development, and just aim to facilitate the meeting of minimum performance standards.

“This results in inaccurate performance predictions and will not provide the sustainable outcomes that building owners want and need.

“Performance digital twins provide invaluable, accurate insights into a building’s performance and can be used, as demonstrated in the project, to help building owners achieve better energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and futureproof their buildings.”

The project has been funded by Innovate UK and eDigit2Life.

Image: Part of the University of Glasgow. Credit: Radek Sturgolewski/Shutterstock

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