Offering numerous opportunities for the water utility firms, the digital twin is sure to revolutionize water management operations.
FREMONT, CA: Digitalization is frequently stumbled upon in business settings. As an outcome of digitalization emerges the concept of the digital twin. At its core, digital twin uses a virtual replica of a system, product, or process to simulate operational scenarios. How can digital twin technology play a role in water management operations? This read helps you understand why water utilities can embrace digital twin and its possibilities.
As the digital revolution continues to become the mainstream, digital twins also play a significant role in supporting water treatment operators in their decision-making process, ensuring stable and efficient execution of the water treatment plan, optimizing operational efficiency, automating reporting of plant performance and many more. Today, most water utilities are utilizing digital twin hydraulic models for engineering and planning purposes. The digital twin model becomes a platform that unites data from legacy systems, providing a holistic view of water management operations. The digital twin can be leveraged to analyze future scenarios, predict failures, provide early alerts, and more.
Planning around scenarios that might take place in the future helps water operators design mitigation strategies and highlight the possibilities of unexpected events. Combining real-time data with digital modeling and visualization to gain actionable insights is at the heart of the digital twin. An accurate, real-time simulation that has oversight over multiple systems can communicate through an AI interface. Digital twin models also provide insights into elements of the water system, for instance, identifying leakage, blockages in sewers, and drainage areas.
As with any revolutionary innovation, the implementation of the digital twin is no devoid of challenges. However, the integration of cloud, data science, sensors, and internet-of-things will make digital twin a planning and response tool for addressing the rising complexity of the water management operations.