Towards integrated digital twins for construction and manufacturing

I. Čustović*, R. Kuttantharappel Soman, Pieter Pauwels, D.M. Hall

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A digital twin (DT) can enhance construction management with comprehensive real-time simulations. However, research rarely considers prefabrication factories, whose processes have a significant impact on cost and duration. It remains unclear how construction DTs can achieve their expected benefits without dynamically interacting with the DTs of manufacturing facilities. To address this, a DT integration model is proposed. It builds upon systems theory and describes integration across the three layers objectives, processes, and data & tools. A theoretical example demonstrates potential benefits of integrated DTs. This work can assist researchers and practitioners who are focusing on DTs in the execution phase.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2023 European Conference on Computing in Construction and the 40th International CIB W78 Conference
EditorsMohamad Kassem, Lavinia Chiara Tagliabue, Robert Amor, Marijana Sreckovic, Athanasios Chassiakos
Place of PublicationCrete, Greece
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event2023 European Conference on Computing in Construction - Out of the Blue Resort, Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 10 Jul 202312 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of the European Conference on Computing in Construction
ISSN (Electronic)2684-1150


Conference2023 European Conference on Computing in Construction
Abbreviated title2023 EC³
Internet address


  • Digital twins
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Production Planning and Control
  • Systems integration
  • Simulation


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