Infinity loop Royal HaskoningDHV Digital
Infinity loop Royal HaskoningDHV Digital

A digital enabler for real-world change

A digital twin lets you optimise almost anything—a single machine or workflow, a company or plant, even an entire city. It does this by providing real-time information about the world as it is now, alongside predictive insights into the way things could be.

The Royal HaskoningDHV Digital approach to digital twins
The Royal HaskoningDHV Digital approach to digital twins

A digital twin creates a highly accurate, virtual version of the physical world, informed by real-time data capture. This virtual representation shows things as they are now, in great detail, but also how things will be in the future. By comparing and testing different scenarios and seeing how the twin responds, you can remove guesswork, eradicate wasteful trial-and-error, and provide clarity to all stakeholders.

You can also program your digital twin to simulate the outcomes you’d like to achieve, and gain insight into the actions necessary to make them a reality. This allows you to make more informed decisions about changes to your physical environments, with visibility of their implications before you put plans in action.

You can also program your digital twin to simulate the outcomes you’d like to achieve, and gain insight into the actions necessary to make them a reality. This allows you to make more informed decisions about changes to your physical environments, with visibility of their implications before you put plans in action.

Three dimensions to digital twins

  • From asset level to system level

    Today, most digital twins in the market focus on an individual asset. But, with the correct interoperability and industry standards, they can potentially be combined into an eco-system of twins up to supply chain, city, or even country level.

  • Small ideas or big-picture thinking

    Digital twins can have varying levels of sophistication—from simple models providing real-time insight into an asset’s status, right through to twins with advanced predictive and prescriptive capabilities.

  • Value throughout the lifecycle

    From the design process onwards, digital twins can unlock value at any stage of the lifecycle of an asset, process or system. And your journey can start at any point on the infinity loop.

Industry 4.0

For a more in-depth look at the role digital twins have to play in the rise of Industry 4.0, read our white paper Demystifying Digital Twins.

Industry 4.0: demystifying Digital Twin