Applications of Digital Twins for Asset Management in AEC/FM Industry - A Literature Review

Abdelmoneim Mohamed Abdelmoti, Muhammad Tariq Shafiq, Muhammad Sami Ur Rehman

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The concept of Digital Twins has recently emerged as a new advancement of technology-led processes to support the design, construction, and management of built assets. A digital twin exists as a digital model that provides simulations and bi-directional information link to a real-world entity (i.e., a physical twin), offering opportunities for data-centric decision making. Digital twins can have multiple applications in the asset management domain of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Facilities Management (AEC/FM), such as a digital twin of a constructed asset may be developed to show the working of its systems, and thus related data link will be established to capture the operations data and reflect the real-time information in the digital twin. However, technology and processes for the creation of Digital Twins and their potential applications are not fully known in the asset management domain. This research effort attempts to identify the process of Digital Twin creation and its potential applications to manage already built assets in the AEC/FM industry by presenting the findings of a systematic literature review of existing knowledge. This review concludes that the creation procedures are in their inception phase and highlighted potential applications in asset management during its lifetime, enabling sustainability retrofits and maintenance and restoration of heritage assets, and presented few recommendations for future research in this domain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationZEMCH 2021 - 8th Zero Energy Mass Custom Home International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsKheira Anissa Tabet Aoul, Mohammed Tariq Shafiq, Daniel Efurosibina Attoye
PublisherZEMCH Network
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789948310006
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event8th Zero Energy Mass Custom Home International Conference, ZEMCH 2021 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Oct 26 2021Oct 28 2021

Publication series

NameZEMCH International Conference
ISSN (Electronic)2652-2926


Conference8th Zero Energy Mass Custom Home International Conference, ZEMCH 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates


  • AEC industry
  • Asset management
  • Digital twin
  • Review
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Computer Science Applications


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