Gafcon Digital: Fostering the Evolution of BIM to Digital Twins
Our prime focus is to leverage all the digital building lifecycle data into understanding what is happening within a building at certain phases from an owner’s perspective
Gafcon Digital reduces decisionmaking overheads and uncertainties.
“Our team can work with any software our client chooses or guide them toward software packages that best meet their project’s needs,” states Turner. “We can integrate with every kind of project data including BIM, digital twin solutions, BMS, CMMS, and data warehouse in a single and unified platform.” Gafcon Digital works with all stakeholders of a project and provides digital assets that are foundational to using a digital twin in the design, build, maintenance, and operations phases of the building’s lifecycle.
Gafcon Digital delivers a managed digital experience that empowers owners and their engineers, trade partners, architects, and vendors teams. The new collaborative and integrated environment allows its partners to have visibility and transparency across the stages of their new-build, TI, renovation, and retrofit projects. “Our prime focus is to leverage all the digital building lifecycle data into understanding what is happening within a building at certain phases from an owner’s perspective. Owner-operators can replicate building project processes across locations without going through the hassle of reinventing the wheel each time.”
The Five-fold Approach to Unlocking Benefits of Digital Twin
Gafcon Digital adopts a well-defined and powerful five-fold approach to help clients unlock the digital building life cycle benefits. It starts with understanding the technologies that the client has already adopted to leverage and maximize the potential of current investments. This is followed by assessing foundational data and finding opportunities to create standardized designs that can be replicated. The third—and the most significant step—involves identifying and automating the digital thread. The next step pertains to process management and synchronization to simulate the performance of buildings with the digital twin technology. Lastly, the company observes and tests how the buildings are actually performing. “We are really rolling our sleeves up and working with the owners to show what needs to be done. And then we help them do it,” adds Turner.
With such a comprehensive approach, the company has scripted a large number of success stories. Today, Gafcon Digital caters to some of the well-established names in the industry, including Fortune 50 companies. With its ability to service clients and create BIM-enabled workflows anywhere in the world, Gafcon Digital has expanded its footprint to more than 20 countries,
Going All-in for the Construction Industry’s Digital Makeover
We are bringing a digital transformation to building lifecycle management - the scope of which extends beyond design and construction
despite the worldwide lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gafcon Digital’s esteemed membership and active participation in the Digital Twin Consortium further exemplify the company’s commitment to enforcing comprehensive digitalization in construction projects and infrastructure management. The consortium is a global partnership involving academia, industry experts, and governments. It aims to drive the adoption, development, interoperability, and use of the digital twin technology while propelling innovation through consistent approaches and open source development. Gafcon is a groundbreaker member, having joined on day one and positions itself in the consortium as a thought leader, providing the lessons and innovative approaches to advance best practices, intelligence, and standardization of digital twin processes, especially for construction and infrastructure projects. “The Digital Twin Consortium will provide the means for the community to understand the benefits of a digital twin lifecycle at the exact time when the construction and operation of buildings and factories needs to be aligned,” comments Turner.
Turner is one of the co-authors of the consortium’s whitepaper, ‘Infrastructure Digital Twin Maturity: A Model for Measuring Progress,’ published this August. The whitepaper interestingly describes the various maturity levels as: Dinosaur—those who are resistant to digital twins and digitalization of legacy projects; Average—the passive observers of digital twins who leverage automation but still operate in siloes; Leader—the active digital twin observers who embrace data sharing, but does not involve business owners in the process; Evangelist—who defines active digital twin prototypes and data sharing between point solutions; and Pioneer—those adopting digital twins across their organizations and eventually the supply chain.
The whitepaper also outlines a five-stage process— whose enforcement Gafcon Digital has already mastered. Infrastructure stakeholders can follow this process based on their organization’s digital twin maturity level to ultimately become digital twin pioneers.
“We want organizations to evolve into a more mature version of themselves and our team is chalking out ways to improve their organizational efficiency. We are primarily focused on standardizing operations, imparting the ability to replicate aspects within the process, and comprehensively understand the whole aspect of the digital thread while enabling latest technology platforms,” concludes Turner.