The Victorian Government has announced a $35.2 million investment to deliver Digital Twin Victoria – a data-based digital replica of the state.
The technology will be used by planners, engineers and builders to model project scenarios, test project outcomes, identify potential issues and share complex information between workplaces more easily.
CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, will head up the development of the online platform which will host the digital twin, in partnership with the Victorian Government.
A pilot version of the program had already been used to create a digital twin for Australis’ largest urban renewal project at Fishermans Bend.
Victoria Minister for Planning Richard Wynne said the digital twin would increase the quality and efficiency of projects across the state.
“Once this platform is established, real-time data can be collected at an astonishing rate and absorbed into the Digital Twin to support informed planning decisions and share important information with communities,” he said.
“With the convergence of big data and advanced technology, Digital Twin Victoria will enable us to do in minutes and days things that used to take weeks, months and even years.”
The platform is expected to be widely accessible by late 2021.