Building Twin

Enabling smart buildings with applications and services

The Building Twin allows a connected, digital representation of a physical building. It brings together dynamic and static data from multiple sources in 2D/3D models and enables informed and effective decisions to be made. It bridges the physical and digital worlds through sensors that collect real-time data within the physical environment. It provides real-time understanding of how a building is performing – enabling immediate adjustment to optimize efficiency and to provide data to improve the design of future buildings. The result is a more cost-effective, straightforward and sustainable smart building. #BuildingTwin

Benefits and added value

  • Better software applications and products built faster and to scale
  • A more cost-effective, straightforward and sustainable building
  • Enhanced insight into the performance of the building
  • Enable real-time issue identification and resolution
  • Enables better space utilization
  • Buildings are digitally future-proof

Strategic opportunities

The backbone of a smart building.

Considering the rapid pace of developments these days, how can we ensure that a building doesn’t become technologically obsolete but can keep adapting to new requirements in the future? The decisive factor is how to plan and handle a building’s #data with an eye to #futureneeds. The #BuildingTwin is the key to meet these needs.

Building Twin ecosystem

The ecosystem around the Building Twin is defined by the services and applications that generate high

business value across the lifecycle. The ecosystem enables the integration of third-party applications, services and equipment.


You can build your own application in the ecosystem with less domain know-how and low effort.


Building Twin ecosystem enables to

  • Visualize: 2D/3D virtual representation of a building
  • Monitor: transparency across building life cycle
  • Scale: Create any number of applications with low effort
  • Optimize: Optimal  environment that ensures tenant satisfaction

Use case: As-built verification


As-built plans might not match reality - 3D scanning of the as-built status and comparison with the planned BIM/CAD models enables the visualization of the delta and the further creation of a digital twin.



  • Less as-built checking effort for the facility management
  • Up to 9% less operating costs*

*Source: CIFE, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, Stanford University

Use case: Space utilization with occupancy detection


  1. Building Twin: Connected data providing insights on where is the data
  2. Space utilization: Occupancy sensors capture space utilization
  3. Visualization: Visualization of building data
  4. Site managers: They propose floor reconfiguration according to utilization patterns

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