Digital Twin Definition:
A dynamic digital representation of real-world entity(s) and their behaviors using models with static and dynamic data that enable insights and interactions to drive actionable and improved outcomes.
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. 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, President (Karmous-Edwards Consulting)
Andreu Fargas, Innovation, Technology, and Energy Manager (Consorci Aigües de Tarragona)
Asia-Pacific: Daniel Tides, Digital Twin Implementation Lead (Sydney Water) & Clarissa Phillips, Technical Director – Digital Delivery Water (Jacobs)
Holistic Architecture: Chengzi Chew, Chief Entrepreneur (Grundfos) & Satish Triphathi, Managing Engineer Infrastructure Planning (Houston Water)
Digital Twin Lifecycle (Design – Construction – Operation – Customer Experience): Agnethe Pedersen, Digital Twin Lead (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, Head of Smart Water (Anglian Water Services) & Joukje Keuning, Program Manager Infra 2025 (Vitens)
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 to the user experience.
SWAN – BIM4Water Webinar:
Product Data Templates (PDTs)