ITcon Vol. 27, pg. 145-172,

A review of digital twin applications in construction

submitted:July 2021
revised:December 2021
published:February 2022
editor(s):Amor R
authors:Obinna C. Madubuike, Doctoral Candidate,
M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management, University of Florida

Chimay J. Anumba, Professor and Dean,
College of Design, Construction, and Planning, University of Florida

Rana Khallaf, Assistant Professor,
Structural Engineering and Construction Management Department, Future University in Egypt, Cairo, Egypt
summary:The emergence of digital twin technology presents tremendous opportunities for several industry sectors. A digital twin is defined as the virtual representation of a physical asset that collects and sends real-time information. A digital twin collects data from the physical asset in real-time and uses this data to create a virtual model of the physical object. Its functionality depends on the bi-directional coordination of data between the physical and virtual models. This is likened to cyber-physical systems, which seek to provide bi-directional coordination between the physical and virtual worlds. While digital twins have found applications in the various industrial sectors such as aerospace, manufacturing, and industrial engineering, their applications in the construction industry are relatively limited. Although some level of progress has been made in the construction industry with the application of a digital twin, it still lags in other sectors. Virtual models of constructed facilities are developed and used to plan and construct the actual facility, with changes in the physical facility being automatically reflected in the virtual model based on real-time data and vice-versa. The digital twin shows promising possibilities in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of a facility. This paper reviews the development and implementation of digital twin technology in the construction industry and compares its use with other industries while assessing the benefits of DT to the construction industry. A systematic literature review including a thematic analysis was employed to address the purpose of this study. Limitations associated with the existing and emerging applications are also identified. It concludes by highlighting the importance of DT applications in the construction sector.
keywords:Bi-directional, Data Analytics, Digital Twin, Cyber-Physical Systems, Virtual Model, Real-Time
full text: (PDF file, 1.038 MB)
citation:Madubuike O C, Anumba C J, Khallaf R (2022). A review of digital twin applications in construction, ITcon Vol. 27, pg. 145-172,