February 11-13, 2024  |  Colorado Convention Center   |  Denver, CO, USA

Session Details


Empowering Digital Twins

Feb 13 2023

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM MT

Room 706

The goal of creating BIM deliverables is to create a single source of truth for stakeholders to utilize across the entire building lifecycle. But to provide the best outcome for complex projects, managing the data, assets and outcomes is crucial. This session will focus on the practicality of creating a digital twin from the ground up and how to maximize the ROI of digital assets.

Session moderated by Mark Oden, BIM Designs Inc.

Integrating Geospatial Operations into Next Generation Design Processes

Modern design processes promise improved product quality, lower costs and increased collaboration across operations. These processes are being driven by new technologies supporting a full 3D design environment. Digital twins are constantly being referenced as being integral to these new processes. In this presentation we look at Digital Twins from a geospatial operational perspective. We pull back the hype and discuss the real-world challenges in developing and maintaining Digital Twins synchronized in frequency and fidelity. We then introduce a process and supporting tools designed to meet the challenge of Digital Twins, enhance collaboration across geospatial and design operations and realize the full value of modern geospatial data.

Ted Knaak, TopoDOT

Autodesk Forge & ESRI GeoBIM: Ultimate Aggregators for Design, Construction and O&M

The worlds of GIS, BIM and CAD are experiencing an optimal 3D geospatial convergence right now. As AEC owners/operators look for ways to develop integrated data approaches to provide more informed decision-making, GeoBIM has entered the AGOL ecosystem as the ideal aggregator. With its ability to integrate data from multiple systems, GeoBIM is a promising solution to bring both data and people together. Learn how you can truly achieve "integration without translation" on your projects no matter the phase of work – Planning, Design, Construction and Operations & Maintenance using GeoBIM.

3D GIS can allow for advanced visualizations for stakeholder engagement during the planning phase, support geo-design for remote teams during design phase, allow for real time IoT sensor integration for monitoring infrastructure during construction and support and track maintenance activities post delivery.

Demonstrated in this session will include several examples of each work type and across industries that include roadways, bridges, and aviation. Project highlights will examine best practices for creating, deploying, and managing a GeoBIM project, as well as how to engage a diverse, multi-discipline team so they are equipped and enabled with GeoBIM success. If you are looking for ways to introduce a feature-rich, 3D approach to geospatial digital transformation, you will not want to miss this session!

Adam Horn, HNTB Corporation

The AECO Digital Twin Foundation – How to Effectively Structuring GIS and Built Environment Data

The discussion of the BIM to GIS digital transformation in full force in the AECO Industry. There is growing interest in the use of digital twins for the lifecycle management of both existing and new AECO projects. A well-structured digital twin of a project offers a host of advantages to all stakeholders on a project, from cost effective O&M, to streamlining data storage and management, to engaging user interface at all project levels, and more. There are many areas of uncertainty about how to build the digital twin for both user specific and broader organizational based effect along with the maximization of operability over time. In this program we discuss proven methods for building a fully functioning and relational GIS to the built environment base model for a project, campus, or facility. We discuss the incorporation of the mirid of structured and unstructured data into the model. There will also be discussion around establishing a flexible yet powerful long-term data management program. This all ensures a digital model foundation that fully reflects the physical environment and establishes a multi-dimensional, adaptive data system for use now and into the future. This discussion will also include engaging insight into how to connect the model and data to the various users, both individual and departmental that need to interact with the model for everything from wayfinding to security, to event management, FM, asset management – any project need.

Stan Hennigh, MG AEC/TeamD3

Reality Mapping: Fusing Reality Capture and GIS to empower Digital Twins

Reality Mapping extends Reality Capture to the creation or digital representation of the world from imagery and lidar in a geospatial context. Through Photogrammetry software, 3D Meshes, Point Clouds and other data products can be derived in a fully automatic process from aerial and drone images of cities. By using 3D Mesh streaming technologies and new compressions, 3D representations of the world can be streamed to mobile and web applications enabling an instant geospatial photorealistic perspective of the environment. Beyond visualization, a Digital Twin represents a form of spatial collaboration requiring intersections with many forms of spatial information in form of vectors, rasters or tabular databases to empower complex problem solving. Through the fusion of 3D GIS environments that integrate and merge these datasets new forms of collaboration become possible. Within the presentation, an overview of Reality Mapping applications for entire cities from aerial imagery with high resolution – as well as results for the integration in a 3D GIS environment are demonstrated. An outlook is given about the opportunities of elevating existing data and integrating real-time information – to achieve the operational demands of a Digital Twin.

Konrad Wenzel, Esri

Implementing GIS for Non-Transportation Agencies

Like many agencies, Fitchburg Fire Department needed reliable data for a trail network to assist with search and rescue operations. There were two primary hurdles they faced when trying to visualize their data and implement a network-wide inventory: collecting the data across the trail network and making that data accessible to individuals in the department. The Mandli solution to this problem was providing complete coverage of the trail system. All data was collected at once and the entire trail was collected in a single day. Data from Mandli's Mobile Mapping System provided the Fitchburg Fire Department with an accurate GIS inventory of their trail system. With the maps, images, and Lidar point cloud accessible via a desktop software application, Fitchburg firemen could virtually travel the trails and be looking at exact markers/scenery as bystanders when they called in for help. This is an invaluable tool when providing search and rescue and being able to see in the web-viewer the surroundings and the location the bystander is describing. In this presentation, Mandli Communications will address the challenges faced when implementing an asset management solution and how that can be applied to other non-roadway transportation agencies. We will address how Lidar visualization provides more meaningful data than other methods and how this is a cost-benefit for the department over time.

Ray Mandli, Mandli Communications


BIM Designs

MG AEC Technology Partners/Team D3



Mandli Communications, Inc.

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