Several partners involved with ‘De Kien’ in Deventer are working on Digital Twin applications. ‘De Kien’ is the name of a development area as well as a of a partner network in which the network partners work on shared technological development.
A digital twin is not one single solution, but a chain of products with a technical connection to exchange the necessary data. Deventer’s use case was to enable urban planners, climate consultants or students to easily plan interactively with heat stress in the city. Tygron partner TAUW has created a Digital Twin by linking different applications: Esri and Tygron are connected using FME. The demo enables free drawing with, for example, new trees or loading entire urban plans to arrive at a heat-resistant city. In this case, the calculations the PET (Physiological Equivalent Temperature), shade and the accessibility of cool locations are calculated and shared live by Tygron, while the visualization, drawing and database are in ArcGIS Online. Not only are the applications connected, but behind the scenes, the data is also synchronized. The data is updated every night so that all applications use the same live data.
Using this same approach, the goal is to expand the planning capabilities to other domains as well. Such as water, biodiversity, underground planning, and more urban challenges ahead. In this way De Kien can really be designed in an integral way. Rather than going for one tool, it’s the connection between tools that makes this possible.
This demo was presented in Deventer on June 7th, 2023 during the session ‘A smart city, this is how you do it’, also see: