The digital twin is increasingly being used by water utilities across the country as a way to manage water infrastructure systems.

Engineering twins, information twins and operational twins offer terrific insight to individual groups, but ne’er the three shall meet.

Too often, digital twins are managed within entrenched departmental silos, available only to small groups of users as point solutions for specific activities. While the data has value across the enterprise, it is hidden in isolated data silos with incompatible systems and proprietary software that is difficult to extract, exchange, process and interpret.

For instance, the asset performance models inherent to engineering twins could and should provide value to both operations and maintenance. Similarly advanced metering and maintenance plans have a direct impact on engineering.

With that in mind, it’s time for a digital convergence. We call it the cognitive Digital Twin (CDT)—a single intelligent platform that brings together engineering, information and operational twins for cost efficiency and performance.  

While the term cognitive digital twin or CDT may sound like tech speak, it’s the next step in the digital twin evolution in water infrastructure. A CDT seamlessly combines engineering, informational and operational data and models in one space, providing visibility across the whole infrastructure asset lifecycle. And thanks to learning and predictive capabilities, the single platform allows operational optimization across an enterprise.

Finance and plant managers can determine whether to fix or replace deteriorating pipes, engineers can proactively manage events in real time and develop effective response strategies and operators and maintenance staff can effectively coordinate main replacement projects to minimize downtime and disturbance to roadways.

A CDT gives water utilities the ability to see, understand, coordinate, prepare and respond—not just to what is happening now, but what will happen in the future. This cohesive platform gives water utilities an unprecedented opportunity to optimize their water infrastructure management at low cost. For the first time, water utility staff can go to one place to get all the operations, maintenance, engineering, planning, finance and process data they need to do their work, find better ways to minimize costs and generate new sources of revenue, and better operate and sustain their water infrastructures.

Now you’re likely thinking, that sounds great, but how much time and money will that cost me? Surprising to many, CDTs can be deployed in a couple of days to a few weeks.

See how your team can benefit from a CDT.