Digital Engineering / Digital Twin

In Australia, Digital Engineering is adopted terminology which has broader elements to BIM -> Building Information Modelling. BIM is also known/referred as Better Information Management or Virtual Design and Construction.

Digital Engineering (DE) connects emerging technologies with reliable structured data. It enables more collaborative and productive methods of project delivery and management of assets through the lifecycle compared to those traditionally utilised as per Transport of NSW (

By ‘building our assets twice’ first virtually and then physically, DE has the power to provide valuable insights, create efficiencies and deliver cost savings to every decision we make.

Digital Twin is further broader concept incorporating Digital Engineering and BIM. In simple words, Digital twin refers to a digital replica of potential and actual physical assets.

A digital built Britain harnesses the wealth of data being created by digital construction, high performing assets, smart cities, the digital economy and connected citizens to deliver a Britain that is fit for the future.

It will be achieved through changing the way we design, build, operate and integrate our physical, social and economic infrastructure and the services they deliver.

A digital built Britain will:

  • understand what information is needed to enable better through life economic, social and environmental value from our built environment;
  • exploit new and emerging digital construction and manufacturing skills and technology to reduce costs and increase productivity;
  • champion human-centric design of infrastructure and the services they deliver;
  • grow new career business and export opportunities.


BIM -> Building Information Modelling

Building information modelling (BIM) is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of built environment.

In Australia, Digital Engineering has been adopted as terminology to avoid confusion with its earlier roots into "Building or Facilities assets" and perception that it was only applicable to that industry. It started in USA, UK and Singapore and now spreaded globally. UK PAS 1192 series (free download) has comprehensive background and related advancements into future ISO 19560 parts.

ISO 19560 standard series applies to the whole life cycle of a built asset, including strategic planning, initial design and construction, day-to-day operation, maintenance, refurbishment, repair and end-of-life.

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External Links & References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Google Search
  3. NATSPEC Building Information Modelling Portal
  4. BuildingSMART
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