1st Edition

Hardware, Software, Heartware Digital Twinning for More Sustainable Built Environments

By Jason Pomeroy Copyright 2024
    250 Pages 109 Color & 81 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 109 Color & 81 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 109 Color & 81 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This richly illustrated book examines the full potential of Digital Twins (DTs) as a means of creating more sustainable urban habitats. It reveals how, in this digitally-enabled age, DTs are increasingly being adopted by cities as a tool for urban governance, with the hope of increasing operational efficiencies and enhancing citizens’ lives.

    While the study and implementation of DTs has been critically explored as virtual, dynamic 3D replicas of physical entities across different disciplines and industries, this book establishes a strategy that recognises the need for the ‘software’ behind virtual DT platforms to not only represent the ‘hardware’ of our physical cities but also to reflect the ‘heartware’ of socio-economic and cultural practices. Knowledge gaps and challenges in existing DTs are identified and insights into rethinking their purpose are provided to propose a new DT paradigm model for city-wide application. With multiple case studies illustrating the different concepts of DTs being applied in cities from Europe, North America, The Middle East, Asia and Oceania, the book highlights the reasons why and how DTs can play an integral role in the sustainability of our urban habitats.

    Beautifully designed and illustrated in full colour throughout, this book combines academic theory with practical application and will be a useful reference for professionals, students, academics and policymakers, working in the fields of smart cities, sustainable urbanism, and the digitisation, digitalisation and digital transformation of the built environment industry.

    Foreword by Štefan Holý

    Foreword by Alexandra Bolton


    0.1  From Analogue to Digital city

    1.0  Context

    1.1  Digital Twin Across Different Industries

    1.2  Definitions of Digital Twins

    1.3  Key Stakeholders Involved in the Co-creation of a Digital Twin Platform

    1.4  Knowledge Gaps & Challenges in Existing Digital twins & a Data-driven City

    1.5  Key Considerations

    2.0  Case Studies

    2.1  Analytical Framework & Case Studies of Urban Scale Digital Twins

    2.2  Singapore

    2.3  Docklands Area in Dublin, Ireland

    2.4  City of Xiong’An New Area, China

    2.5  The Plateau Project, Japan

    2.6  Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

    2.7  Boston, Massachusetts, USA

    2.8  Greentwins, Tallinn, Estonia

    2.9  TASMU Platform, Qatar

    2.10 Summary of Comparative Analysis

    2.11 Key Considerations

    3.0  Digital Transformation

    3.1  A New Model for Digital Twin Paradigm

    3.2  Research methodology

    3.3  Data Categorisation across 6 Pillars

    3.4  4 Spheres of Influence in Slovakia

    4.0  Enabling the Digital Twin

    4.1  Executive Summary

    4.2  Part I Stakeholder Engagement

    4.3  Observations & Prompts for Thinking

    4.4  Part II Stakeholder Engagement

    4.5  Observations & Prompts for Thinking

    5.0  A National Paradigm Shift

    5.1  Executive Summary

    5.2  Theory of Change

    5.3  Information Management Framework

    6.0  Implementing the Digital Twin

    6.1  Executive Summary

    6.2  Proof of Concepts & Scenario Planning

    6.3  Monitoring & Evaluation Plan


    Jason Pomeroy is an architect, academic, author and TV presenter, regarded as one of the world’s thought leaders in sustainable design. He is the founder of interdisciplinary sustainable design and research firm, Pomeroy Studio and sustainable education provider, Pomeroy Academy. He is also a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.