Amazon moves into 3D building modelling with digital-twin service

Tech giant Amazon has weighed into the world of digital construction by launching a digital-twin service.

The global e-commerce giant’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform has launched AWS IoT TwinMaker, which the firm says will speed up the process of creating carbon-copy digital models of buildings and structures.

The new service could be used by a range of construction firms and quantity surveyors as part of the digital revolution in the sector.

Digital twins are 3D versions of real buildings, which are loaded with vital information on where services are located and what materials are used, along with precise measurements of all components.

Amazon says TwinMaker provides firms with all the tools needed, with no upfront fees and only a charge for the storage of data on the AWS system, which is used for the digital-twin modelling.

Michael MacKenzie, general manager for IoT at AWS, said: “Sensors for equipment, buildings and industrial processes are proliferating, and generating massive amounts of data.

“Customers are increasingly eager to use that data to optimise their operations and processes, and one way to do that is using digital twins, but they find that building a digital twin and custom applications is difficult, time-consuming and prohibitively expensive to maintain.

“With AWS IoT TwinMaker, customers can now derive previously unavailable insights about their operations that inform real-time improvements to their buildings, factories, industrial equipment and production lines, and make accurate predictions about system behaviour with minimal effort.”

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