Digital Twins: An ABAB position paper

The Australasian BIM Advisory Board (ABAB) has released a position paper on Digital Twins. The paper was written to assist the ABAB Board formulate its position regarding Digital Twins, as well as inform its broader audience.

The paper contains:

  • Definitions and descriptions of Digital Twins

  • The relationship of Digital Twins to concepts such as BIM, Digital Engineering, Smart Cities and Intelligent Infrastructure

  • An explanation of the difference between Digital Twins and BIM models

  • Benefits, issues and challenges associated with them

  • Recent examples

  • Frameworks for evaluating them

  • Current Australian Digital Twin initiatives and organisations.

In addition to covering the technical aspects of the subject, the position paper provides guidance to organisations and governments considering implementing or procuring Digital Twins. Neil Greenstreet, NATSPEC's Manager of Digital Technologies, was the lead author of the document.

ABAB can be contacted here: or

Copies of the position paper can be downloaded from the ‘Projects’ section at

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