Autodesk has made its cloud-based digital twin platform, Autodesk Tandem, commercially available.
As plans and files change throughout the design and construction process, keeping data together is challenging. A recent FMI report reveals that more than 95% of all data goes unused in engineering and construction, which results in inefficient processes and lost revenue for AEC firms and owners.
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"Autodesk Tandem is a cloud-based digital twin technology platform that aims to turn that stat on its head," says Bob Bray, senior director and general manager, Autodesk Tandem. "It enables projects to start digital, stay digital, and deliver digital, transforming rich data into business intelligence."
By embracing digital transformation and harnessing Building Information Modeling (BIM) data throughout the design and construction process, AEC firms can create and handover a digital twin to customers. The accessible and contextual data in a digital twin makes for ready-to-go operations.
"Our design teams are working with our clients to improve their operations and facility management. The focus is on creating an easier digital handover process, and better management of their assets," says Damir Jaksic, CIO, KEO International Consultants. "We truly see the promise of Autodesk Tandem to transform our outcome-based business model. Starting with the end of the project in mind makes it easier to capture the data required for efficient building management."
Autodesk Tandem can gather all the information about a building, its systems and critical equipment in both tabular and 3D representations. Building operators and facilities managers can then find the information they’re looking for when responding to operational issues to keep proper maintenance. This insight tells them what to expect when they arrive at the maintenance location and helps them understand how work on one system may impact another.
Over its lifecycle, roughly 80% of the cost of a built asset is realized in its operation. Digital twins created in Autodesk Tandem are designed to improve operational efficiency and enable predictive maintenance to prevent disruptions and reduce operating costs.
With Autodesk Tandem, digital twins are built into AEC firms’ BIM workflows to unlock customers’ data from the beginning. By starting digital, staying digital and delivering digital, project teams can help their clients to begin with the end in mind and get more value out of their investment in BIM.
Tandem currently supports Revit 2017 and later.