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Ukraine deploys digital twins for rebuild effort

by Sion Geschwindt
The Ukrainian government has selected three digital twin and 3D modelling specialists to help reconstruct cities damaged as the result of the invasion.

The Ukrainian government has selected three digital twin and 3D modelling specialists to help reconstruct cities damaged as the result of the invasion.

French firms Egis, Dassault Systèmes and B4 will mobilise their expertise and experience in 3D virtual technologies, construction and engineering to aid the government’s rebuild efforts.

The firms will undertake a collaborative reconstruction cost analysis and a master planning exercise in Chernihiv Oblast and the city of Chernihiv.

Digital twin technology is at the core of the collaborative project and will be used to optimise city infrastructure, resources, sustainability and quality of life for inhabitants.

The project is supported by the French government with a grant from the French Treasury.

“Despite the ongoing invasion, Ukraine’s local authorities are already thinking about the future and planning how to rebuild their cities,” said Karim Bensiam, Associate Manager, B4.

The first phase will consist of diagnosing the damages in the Oblast, to forecast the reconstruction costs and define which infrastructures to rebuild first.

Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform will support the collaboration and host all the information and analysis gathered by EGIS and B4 experts.

Satellite data analysis will automatically detect and highlight impacted areas and will be cross-checked by inspections in the field to validate the calculations and the prioritisation strategy.

Building a digital twin

The second phase will involve building a digital twin of the city of Chernihiv on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

It will focus on optimising how the city will be rebuilt including the design of new buildings and the organisation of city transportation, infrastructure and other services.

Stakeholders from diverse sectors will use the digital twin to collaboratively test different scenarios involving parameters such as flooding risks, accessibility, transportation, land use, position of key urban assets, and existing water, heat, sewage and other infrastructure networks.

In parallel, they will source information from existing documents and city departments to ensure that the needs and expectations of inhabitants in each neighbourhood, the vision of elected officials, and economic and social development challenges are all taken into account.

Throughout the project, all information collected will be fed into the virtual twin of the city to enable the partners to collaboratively build the city master plan.

Florence Verzelen, Executive Vice President, Industry, Marketing and Sustainability, Dassault Systèmes, said: “We aim to help local authorities improve cities in Ukraine, and life within them, through this meaningful joint project that will have impacts over the long-term.

“Our 3DEXPERIENCE platform plays an integral role in building more sustainable, resilient cities.”


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