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Musings - Incorporate 2D data into a digital twin

Mark Thomas, CEO and founder of Nextspace, details how to incorporate 2D data into a digital twin.
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A lot of people wonder how we incorporate two-dimensional data. The world is certainly a 3D physical environment but a lot of existing information that might be useful incorporated with the digital twin is in the form of two-dimensional markups or drawings or PDF, and these can be certainly associated with objects but in some cases we can actually overlay two-dimensional information into the 3D world as we see with GIS data or drawing data.

So for example, here we'll see an AutoCAD DWG file geolocated with the actual model and we can also isolate that so it looks much more like the original 2D and we can go in here and measure things so we've got measurement tools and so forth. We can also integrate other 2D data such as geospatial data. Data can be linked by traditional GIS files but it can also be live linked. Data can link to other systems so the data. Here we'll see an overlay of the consented information, the status and all the information here is live-linked back to a data system. It's actually live data, it's clear data that we need to integrate can also be three-dimensional by comparing scan data with core design data we can actually very quickly visually see the differences and what was planned and what was built so in addition to using the data to see, we can also run basic universal tools that we used to see in a 2D but often these can be useful in 3D.

Because a digital twin is data-driven we can understand the geometry in a fully three-dimensional space. We can do such things as slope analysis, we can check, and we might have dangerous slopes that need attention, and we need to reduce the risk of slips and so forth.