Digital Twin for HKUST Campus

What is the project?

This project will create a digital twin platform - a digital replica of living and non-living physical assets and systems - which can be used for various purposes. This will be coupled with real-time data to monitor the HKUST campus, predict or detect abnormalities in equipment, and enable more efficient allocation of resources.

What is the problem this project is trying to address?

A digital twin can help the HKUST community and facility managers visualise the campus environment, conditions, and assets. It would also support research for technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and internet of things (IoT).

How does this project support our sustainable smart campus as a living lab vision?

Building a digital twin introduces a source of truth for physical data in a digital manner. Connecting it with the building management system (BMS) allows condition monitoring with real time sensor data, allowing simulations for greener campus planning, better facility maintenance, and increased HVAC system efficiency. Facility maintenance can become smoother, enabling the achievement of a sustainable and smart campus.

What's next?

Digital twin model generation and field surveying will be conducted for main academic buildings starting July 2019, and for other campus buildings starting February 2020. Existing BMS will be integrated starting in October 2019.