“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
– R. Buckminster Fuller.
R&D Activities with The Excel Experts – The Digital Twin.
Hello, my name is Ben and I’m the Director and Head of Innovation and Research and Development (R&D) at The Excel Experts.
R&D culture is vital for a company to flourish, now and into the amazing technological future that awaits us.
Through working with others on exciting and really innovative ideas, we remain current in the fast-moving world of Office Applications such as Excel. We innovate to improve the ways in which we handle, manipulate and interact with data.
Thank you for showing an interest in our R&D pages.
Digital Twin as defined by IBM
The new model is called – Digital Twin.
The Digital Twin for construction is called – ConstructionTwin.
“A digital twin is a virtual representation of an object or system that spans its lifecycle, is updated from real-time data, and uses simulation, machine learning and reasoning to help decision-making.”
In plain English, this just means creating a highly complex virtual model that is the exact counterpart (or twin) of a physical thing. The ‘thing’ could be a car, a building, a bridge, or a jet engine. Connected sensors on the physical asset collect data that can be mapped onto the virtual model. Anyone looking at the digital twin can now see crucial information about how the physical thing is doing out there in the real world.
Digital Twin as defined by IBM
Moving into 3D with increase innovation across your business, as you discover new ways to bring meaning, display understanding, and explore, new vistas in the Digital Twin.
The future of data is in its visualisation, and that means that Excel and The Excel Experts are bridging the gap between Business Intelligence and Digital Twin.
Digital twin is like a bridge between the physical and digital world. A virtual model of a business, a process, product or service. To pair the physical with the virtual worlds we can analyse your data in new ways:
- Monitor your systems to predict challenges in the future
- conduct what-if analysis, creating contingency where necessary.
- Leading to greater efficiency and savings.
- In fact it is so important for business today, that it was named in Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017.
Construction Twin - 3D in the construction industry
We are helping a major UK based construction company to revolutionise the way they plan and execute their projects. Apart from the architectural designs that are obviously created in 3D CAD packages such as Rivet, virtually all of their other processes are conducted within Excel and in various other 2D digital formats. What they currently lack is a really good 3D project visualisation tool, and we are working hard to deliver that promise.
We’re developing a platform with our clients called ConstructionTwin. As data scientists we are in a very strong position to help our clients bridge the gap between their business data and the real world.
“We’ve been struggling with the connection between cost data, programme and site activities as a business for a long time, and The Excel Experts bring significant skill and innovation to bear. Not just on the specific challenges, but in being keen to understand how other businesses operate, but on how different software platforms interact.
This is critical in the world of disruptive technologies because we don’t just need to innovate, we need to challenge the very way we are working in construction.”
Design Manager. Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd.
Willmott Dixons Project Summary
Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd.
Project Summary / Brief:
WE have historically worked as ‘two departments’ in Main Contracting which have separated the find and win parts of the business from the delivery or execution parts. Therefore pricing or estimating is working from one set of documents, while delivery or execution from another based on real world conditions
The difficulty with this is that increasingly a large part of the project value is finally designed and executed by specialist designers and installer under the construction team during the contract.
This has a huge ongoing impact in terms of risk certainty in pricing and subsequently in delivery as the unknown or site based parts have to be included as contractual risk, and then can disproportionately effect final time and cost.
What needs to be developed is a feedback loop where real world site based 3D models work in conjunction with pricing and billing documents to interact with site activities, and report cost in a way which is compatible with Excel, the industry standard.
This will allow better forecasting, and also risk in execution by updating actual progress data captured through drones and other digital surveys to a progressive 3D ‘twin’ modelled in the real world location and context. which is linked to time cost and material tracking.
This strategy requires a host digital information in a dynamic 3D/4D software platform with flexibility for software plug-ins feeding back to cost control documents, ie. spreadsheets so that the flow of information is two way.
3D Consulting Services
Everyone is moving into 3d and with good reason:
- Complex data can be much better understood when visualised in 3D.
- Teams can hold meetings in 3D environments, and discuss work in a much more interactive way.
- Moving into 3D with increase innovation across your business, as you discover new ways to bring meaning, display understanding, and explore, new vistas in the Digital Twin.