The role of Digital Twins in the CRUNCH project

Chris Cooper, Claire Marie Coulter

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The focus of this chapter on Digital Twins, within the content of the CRUNCH project, is to promote the Integrated Decision Support system (IDSS) and Urban Living Labs (ULLs) as a Digital Twin, which has been made easier because of the project’s up-front application of common standards and principles. This has ensured a set of behaviours that aligned the IDSS towards being interoperable and sustainable. In this chapter, the reader will learn how the original IDSS evolved from a set of common principles that originated in the Smart City Interoperability Framework, a core tenet of international smart city standards. Through their support for using these principles, the CRUNCH ULLs and the IDSS are strongly aligned with industry standards, including the Gemini Principles, which will be discussed in further detail later.

The success of the CRUNCH IDSS depends on exploiting the data in a sustainable manner. This is looked at from a data life-cycle perspective and using the concept of having an event horizon moment for the data contained in the Digital Twin – a key moment when the data is being accessed and is of most use. It is vital to recognise that Digital Twins are evolving and not static. In light of this, we will explore the Digital Twin maturity matrix and see that the IDSS is currently situated in the lower to mid-table zone, driving scope for future improvement and growth in capability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesigning Sustainable and Resilient Cities
Subtitle of host publicationSmall Interventions for Stronger Urban Food-Water-Energy Management
EditorsAlessandro Melis, Julia Brown, Claire Coulter
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781003112495
ISBN (Print)9780367631970, 9780367631987
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2022


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