14 Sep 2020

buildingSMART International has appointed Bart Brink, Global Director, Digital Twin at Royal HaskoningDHV as the leader of the buildingSMART Digital Twins Working Group (DTWG). Bart will lead the important initiative and work on supporting the buildingSMART programs. 

“It is a great honour and pleasure for me to lead the DTWG at buildingSMART International” says Bart Brink, Global Director Digital Twin at Royal HaskoningDHV. “Digital twins give us the opportunity to arm ourselves with new levels of insight and efficiency. By combining the knowledge of physical assets with the latest digital technologies, digital twins create a reliable source of data that provides a single digital truth. This is vital in supporting data sharing, enabling collaboration between industries and disciplines, improving decision-making, and accelerating digital transformation. The DTWG and the broader buildingSMART community are well positioned to contribute to these developments.”

Since its formation in 2019, the DTWG at buildingSMART has developed a key positioning paper titled “Enabling an Ecosystem of Digital Twins”. The aim of the paper was to find ways of unlocking more value using digital technologies by utilizing the work done by the buildingSMART community. 

Building on its centre of excellence in the core Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) technology, buildingSMART continues to establish relationships with key organizations and other industry bodies to align schemas and integrate technologies. The focus of the DTWG moving forwards is to develop leadership, market awareness and define use cases globally around digital twins. buildingSMART Rooms will develop domain-specific digital twin topics and aim to apply this to existing projects and activities. 

With a wide range of interoperability solutions and standards, buildingSMART International continues to establish relationships with key organizations and other industry bodies to align semantics and integrate technologies. Aidan Mercer, Marketing Director at buildingSMART International, said “the digital transformation is being accelerated using digital twins. The opportunity to enable an ecosystem of digital twins unlocks opportunities for social, economic, environmental, and business benefit that will bring together a fragmented industry. We are delighted that Bart will be leading this important working group as he adds not only valuable expertise but leadership in this exciting time.”

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About buildingSMART International

buildingSMART International is a vendor-neutral and not for profit body that leads the development of open digital information flows across the built asset industry. Its mission is to proactively support industry participants who want to develop open standards for planning, design, procurement, assembly and operation of buildings and infrastructure worldwide. It provides the international network plus the necessary technical and process support. Its members, who range from across the built environment spectrum, collaborate under the buildingSMART organization. buildingSMART is engaged with other international standards bodies such as ISO, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Its core Industry Foundation Class (IFC) standards achieved ISO approval in 2012.