A digital twin is a dynamic virtual representation of physical assets, processes, or systems.

Our Vision

The concept of digital twins and the methods behind their development support organisations in managing their asset-related automation and digitalisation requirements throughout the lifecycle of the facilities they operate.

Underlying Concepts

Properly defining some of the key underlying concepts will reduce the amount of confusion when discussing digital twins. As it turns out, some common concepts can be used as defining characteristics.

Information Landscape

Ideal digital twins exist thanks to ontology, BIM and asset management systems, and the dictionaries and models managed within them (including enterprise architecture models); together with several other operational and business systems (see also


As in other digitalisation programmes, there are several standards around digital twins. Standards cover terminologies, interoperability, processes, and more. Below, we’ve listed the most important standards.

Application Areas

Applications of digital twins can be characterised by their granularity (whole system or only a pump), usage (maintenance of a pump), or the lifecycle (in a design process or in operation).