Digital Twin Work Group

Developing a common strategy for Digital Twin technology to drive operational efficiency by bringing together global utilities, solution providers, and leading industry thought leaders.

Digital Twin Definition:

A Digital Twin is a disruptive technology that provides a virtual/digital representation of both the elements and the dynamics of a water plant or system.

Work Group Structure:

Launched in 2019 and guided by the SWAN Digital Twin Utility Advisory Group, the global SWAN Digital Twin Work Group is home to diverse utility and industry thought leaders shaping digital twin strategy and implementation. Open to SWAN Members, this specialist Work Group provides ample opportunities to attend calls, workshops and webinars, as well as learn, network and collaborate to challenge assumptions and produce tangible results.

The Work Group is volunteer-led and guided by the Work Group Overview Document. Each Subgroup (Holistic Architecture, Digital Twin Lifecycle, BIM & Asset Management, and Outcomes & Applications) is dedicated to a critical facet of this cutting-edge focus area, further driving value for utilities interested in pursuing or already undertaking digital twin projects. Learn more about the Work Group leadership and how to actively participate by scrolling below.

Work Group Leadership:

Gigi Karmous-Edwards (Karmoud-Edwards Consulting)
Andreu Fargs (Consorci Aigües de Tarragona)

Holistic Architecture: Michael Karl, National Smart Utility Technology Manager (Brown and Caldwell) & Chengzi Chew, Business Development Manager – Emerging Technology (DHI)

Digital Twin Lifecycle (Design – Construction – Operation – Customer Experience): Agnethe Pedersen, Industrial PhD Student (VandCenter Syd) & Youri Amerlinck, Researcher (Aquafin NV)

BIM and Asset Management: Chris Steele, Head of Digital Products and Services (Binnies) & Jamie Mills, Global BIM Manager (Xylem)

Outcomes and Applications: Andy Smith, Smart Water Strategy Manager (Anglian Water) & Pedro Vieira Moreira, IT & Innovation Director (Águas do Porto)

SWAN Digital Twin Architecture:

Developed by the Architecture Subgroup, this framework conveys the different digital twin components in a water system, from the physical system through the user experience.

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Digital Twin Utility Roundtable
At Aquatech Amsterdam 2021

SWAN – BIM4Water Webinar:
Product Data Templates (PDTs)

Digital Twin Master Class:
Led by SWAN Digital Twin Subgroups

Contact Us:
Shayna Ramboz,

Upcoming Events (2)
Members Only
Feb 3, 2022
Digital Twin: 7th Lifecycle Call
Members Only
Feb 8, 2022
Digital Twin: 12th Architecture Call
Demystify Digital Twins through a 1.5 hour online video course covering the basics, business value, and implementation practical strategies.

The course is FREE for SWAN utility and regulators, and 50% off for all other SWAN Members.

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