Producing ‘digital twins’ that mirror products and processes in virtual reality can help companies identify problems and test new ideas quickly and cost-effectively.
Australian companies can now create virtual models of their products in CSIRO’s Mixed Reality Lab in Clayton, Victoria. The lab, opened mid-2019, is part of Data61, the data and digital specialist arm of Australia’s national science agency.
Data 61’s new lab is equipped with sophisticated optical cameras and sensing equipment that can scan objects and their immediate environs in great detail. Algorithms are used to merge the resulting image and sensor data and create accurate ‘digital twins’ of the original.
CSIRO said the digital twin technology can be tailored to applications across various sectors to validate processes and components.
According to Dr Simon Barry, analytics and decision sciences research director at Data61, “Digital twins of manufacturing processes, human movement and even our cities and infrastructure will significantly improve productivity, reduce costs and transform all manner of industries.”
In a media release announcing the lab’s launch, the CSIRO noted that ‘by 2020, the International Data Corporation (IDC) estimated that 30 per cent of the top 2,000 global companies will be using data from digital twins of Internet of Things (IoT)-connected assets to improve product innovation success rates and organisational productivity, achieving gains of up to 25 per cent’.
Sources: How digital twin technology is changing the engineering landscape I Create Digital;
Australian Digital twin technology set to transform manufacturing I CSIRO