Three cities, three Digital Twin perspectives



By Robyn Francis | Global Engagement Coordinator | Smart Cities Council


The session showcased a leading Australian example of how a city has developed its own Digital Twin program and how it intends to implement its Digital Twin program to enable a more liveable city, increase economic development, and ultimately provide a more sustainable city.


The session also provided participants with an understanding of the key lessons learned.

PSCG's Consulting Director for Asia Pacific, Gavin Cotterill, was joined by a panel of guests including:

Starting with the City of Darwin, we looked at the ingredients for a digital twin ‘souffle’ - people, economy, data and infrastructure - and equipment - a digitised platform for evaluation and interpretation of information, funding and resources.


The hypothesis being that digital twins will enable the City of Darwin to predict impact. How? By setting the vision, applying strategy and implementing plans. Looking at immediate actions will influence city planning, annual budgets and quarterly variations.


Over to Melbourne, ‘the City of Possibility where the world meets and extraordinary happens’, we ran through the enablement of an intuitive city solution that responds to the city.


Currently, the City of Melbourne uses a two-speed innovation process, piloting and testing at the same time as pushing learnings to the second level to cement programs. Whilst the City of Melbourne have been able to gather a lot of data and have done a digital twin pilot which is available for download in the Apple app store, they are still at the beginning of their digital twin journey.


Using an example of a park bench, we heard about the importance of community engagement and clear communication to encourage trust and understanding of data and project intentions.


In conclusion, the City of Melbourne shared that the use cases that the team thought they had have been able to be sliced quite differently, offering more practical, actionable insights than imagined.


Over to Hobart, where the city is experiencing a period of growth, we heard about significant domestic changes such as the relocation of a university which are due to shift movement and usage of the city, as well as result in construction.


For the City of Hobart, there are three key drivers to the Digital Twin project:

  • Contextual multi-modal visualisation

  • Integrated digital reform and

  • Economic investment friction.

Within these problem statements, the team came up with 21 use cases, including:

  • Monitoring urban canopy

  • Traffic modeling

  • Density mapping

  • Tourism

  • Parking studies

  • Shadow analysis

  • Public transport planning

  • Business and commercialisation opportunities for communications and data-intensive industries

  • Safe and efficient asset inspection

  • Visualising new developments.


The definition of these use cases has been integral in establishing data-sharing models across stakeholders.


From the awe-inspiring to art inclusions, this Digital Twin project will be one to watch!


The panel was then posed with a number of great questions and wrapped up how to deliver magic with passion - but for that, you’ll have to keep a lookout for the recording of the session which we’ll be sharing with registrants soon.


A recording of this session will be made available on the Smart Cities Academy website on November 1 2021. Subscribers to the DT Hub will be notified when available.

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