Digital Twin Technology: Combining 3D Data and Industry Insights for Rapid Growth

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Digital Twin Technology Terminology

A digital twin can best be described as a accurate virtual representation of any real-world space, and the integration of data shared between the two to optimize performance. This representation can be provided in a wide number of formats, with the most common format now being accessibility through a browser utilizing webGL

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Digital Twin Technology Industry Use Cases

The first industry to fully embrace Digital Twin technology was the Architecture, Engineering, & Construction industry. Utilizing digital replicas of real-world construction zones enables engineers to create

Accuracy plays a critical role when utilizing digital twin technology for Industrial Manufacturing. The more data that is collected over time, the higher the accuracy of the digital twin, and models are being utilized across every industry to help engineer better systems in companies like GE, Siemens, and Eaton.

Metrology scanning is the process of creating a highly accurate digital twin for the manufacturing industry. Many plant floors own and even manufacture their own scanners. For this reason Metrology scanning equipment is not extensively covered in this analysis.

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Creating Planograms for large chain retail has been Tracy Wiedmeyer’s goal at InContext solutions for the better part of ten years. Planograms are critical for visual product placement and customer experience improvement. More recently, planograms can train AI and invite shoppers into an interactive shopping experience thanks to advancements in virtual tour platforms. Companies like Walmart, Crate & Barrel, and World Market are catching on and offering virtual shopping experiences similar to a staged home in real estate.

It’s not uncommon for entire product lines to now include 3D models, and even an app allowing you to place the inventory accurately in your home through Augmented Reality.

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Digital Twin Technology Applications: When Accuracy Matters

Deciding on a Digital Twin platform can be challenging. With a wide range of pricing models, varying deliverables, and accuracy, it helps to have someone provide critical data ahead of time. Cinci360 has been tracking Digital Twin Technology platforms for several years, and is happy to share a dataset surrounding the hosting company, measurability, and popularity. Ben Claremount also sums up each platform’s usability is this excellent Youtube review. My personal recommendation is to always utilize the best platform suited for the industry you are servicing.

Virtual Tour SoftwareHQMeasurableAlexa Rank 1/20/21
http://arvr.google.com/Sunnyvalen1
http://matterport.comSunnyvaley4,402
http://h5p.org/wordpress36045,130
http://kuula.coSanta Monican46,065
http://3dvista.comGranada, ESy59,227
http://enscape3d.com  64,621
http://ricohtours.com/ n100,474
http://cloudpano.comHoustonn102,339
http://spline.design/React Dev Integration102,808
http://tourfactory.com  115,365
http://rextheme.com/wordpress360116,829
http://sandbox.soft8soft.com/wordpress3D133,338
http://ggnome.comUKn140,084
http://momento360.com/San Franciscon141,803
http://panoskin.comChicagon167,519
http://veer.tv/San Franciscon170,180
http://krpano.comAustrian173,035
http://cupix.comHoustony214,432
http://immoviewer.com/Germanyn230,767
http://gothru.coOntarion240,558
http://theasys.ioDeleware, Italyn282,900
http://virtualtourscreator.com.au/Austalian384,658
http://marzipano.networdpress360386,948
http://cubi.casa/Finlandy440,535
http://lapentor.com/Asia?n489,023
http://spinzam.com n489,533
http://geocv.com y558,281
http://floorfy.com/Spainn739,442
http://tourwizard.net/UKn862,684
http://houselens.com  877,171
http://urbanimmersive.com  889,698
http://orbix360.comBrooklyn NYn1,064,225
http://my360propertyvirtualtours.comSpainn1,076,074
http://canvasio3d.comwordpress3Dn1,616,157
http://navvis.com/indoorviewer  1,776,959
http://paneek.net/wordpress3601,797,545
http://koaware.com  3,142,552
http://virtualtoureasy.com/Francen4,096,789
http://panopress.org/wordpress3605,294,945
http://prevu3d.com/Montreal, QC6,607,762
http://hxdr.com  9,897,521

Digital Twin Hardware: Lidar vs Orthomosaic Cost Benefit Analysis

When selecting equipment for a particular project, range and accuracy for the project are all important factors. For that reason, an experienced Reality Capture service provider will have a wide range of equipment in their inventory, ready to match the right hardware to the right desired Digital Twin deliverable. Below is a list of leading Lidar and Orthomosaic hardware. You can quickly see the difference in range, accuracy, and cost. Additionally, I recommend following 360 Rumors to stay on top of the latest equipment and their technical specifications for client projects.

 Capture HardwareSpecific Product Cost  Range Accuracy
Reality Capture Systemshttp://faro.comFocus350 $      45,000 350m <1cm
http://navvis.com/(built on velodyne) $      70,000 300m 1cm
https://www.doxel.ai/(built on faro) 350m 
http://leica.comBLK360 $      18,000 60m 1cm
https://sensephotonics.com/monitor for updates tbd  tbd  tbd 
https://www.applanix.com/(built on faro) 350m 
http://leica.comBLK Go $      60,000 60m 6-15mm
http://geoslam.com/ZEB (velodyne) $      35,000350m1cm
http://kaarta.com/(built on velodyne) $      45,000350m5cm
http://rescan360.com(built on velodyne) $      35,000 300m 5cm
      
Lidar Puckshttp://hesaitech.com/   200m  
http://www.intelrealsense.com/L515 $           350 6m  
http://velodynelidar.com/  $        8,000 300m 1cm
http://ouster.com  $      16,000 100m ±2 cm
https://www.ydlidar.com/  $           320 30m  
http://livoxtech.com/  $           600 250m 2cm
      
Photogrammetry & Structure Light Modelinghttp://www.intelrealsense.com/D435i $           20010m5mm
http://matterport.comPro2 (built on D435i) $        4,500 10m 5cm
http://flir.com/a65 Thermal imaging $           25030mn/a
http://www.cupix.com/Ricoh Theta Z1 or eq. $        1,000 6m 1in
Apple Ipad/Iphone Pro w/ Lidar12Pro Models $        1,200 6m  
NEWhttps://defengcorp.com/new-micro-lidar-tech/Micro Lidar   

Digital Twin Technology Global Service Providers

After familiarizing yourself with Digital Twin Technology, how it can benefit your industry, what the costs are, and who the key hardware manufacturers are, lets take a look at service providers around the globe. When it comes to selecting an experienced service provider, a website with high domain authority and rank can help you determine the level of previous work experience. Keep in mind not all service providers have the same equipment and available staff. I have worked personally with several providers on this list, and can attest that they are all excellent business owners and entrepreneurs. If you can’t find a service provider in your area, I recommend posting a job request on the Facebook 3D Scanners User Group.

DomainLocationLidarAlexa Rank 3/1/21Domain Authority
http://momento360.comHIn140,13074
http://captur3d.ioAUn188,58673
http://visitingmedia.comORn414,92371
http://houselens.comTNn956,85069
http://multivista.comBCn436,56269
http://metroplex360.comTXy4,250,21167
http://perspective3-d.comMInN/A67
http://craigsauer3d.comCAn2,780,44261
http://forum.we-get-around.com  254,70860
http://tosolini.comWAyN/A54
http://fivedmedia.comNMn2,589,97553
http://realspacegr.comMInN/A51
http://outhouse.netAZn2,316,30650
http://scan.casaMXnN/A49
http://transported.co n1,560,62149
http://lcp360.com n340,00848
http://3dscanexpert.com y1,418,76347
http://urbanimmersive.com n517,56746
http://curbio.com n348,66045
http://3dinsights.com.auAUn506,37243
http://my.threesixty.tours n1,614,39742
http://aftertecai.comCAn2,758,07041
http://virtualworldinternet.com n4,597,80441
http://realitycaptureexperts.comOHnN/A40
http://allvision.io/PAy3,249,70039
http://stepbystep3d.comNVn4,344,68339
http://capturepics.com  2,730,64538
http://lmp360media.comAZ 6,604,17737
http://point3d.ca  4,583,92036
http://arrival3d.com/  1,144,69535
http://howner.com  N/A34
http://remarkably.io  1,405,78834
http://ovalroomgroup.comOHy6,579,78331
http://media.hi-impact.co.uk  7,552,53830
http://struxturephoto.com  N/A30
http://truepointscanning.com/  1,718,70430
http://sandiegorealestatephotography.com  N/A29
http://hudsonvirtualtours.com  3,886,78628
http://3dreservices.comWA N/A26
http://xuguz.comTXyN/A25
http://nuvo360.comKSy1,720,03222
http://virtuallythere.mediaNF N/A22
http://id360media.com  N/A20
http://advancedonlineinsights.comOHnN/A19
http://nextlevelmedia.comNYn9,713,81319
http://smartviewmedia.com.auAUn3,266,62219
http://lizgphotography.com/CAnN/A19
http://cs3design.comFLn483,29718
https://3.141.162.69OHnN/A16
http://realtview.comNJn6,041,45916
http://trireality.comTNnN/A15
http://360pros.netBCn4,327,84214
http://actual360production.comISn7,707,12713
http://vtscans.comMIyN/A13
http://carvrtour.comNJn2,515,71610
http://focalrack.com/FLnN/A7
http://thirdeyeviz.comCOnN/A7
http://betterbuildingdata.comMNyN/A6
http://c3sixtyuk.comUKnN/A6
http://skydefproductions.comIDyN/A6
http://miro3d.comTX 3,842,0004
http://www.eastandclark3d.com/TN N/A4
http://berkshire3dsolutions.comMAnN/A3
http://firstlook3dimaging.comFL N/A3
http://threesixtypro.comOH 7,146,6323
http://truly360.comFL N/A3
http://creative.aeroAU N/A2
http://northerncolorado3d.comCO N/A2
http://roboimg.comPA N/A2
http://virtualpro.nzNZ 4,544,7462
http://www.3Dwalkmethru.comFL N/A1
http://adaptivepropertysolutions.com/VA N/A1

Citations

  1. 6G Digital Twin Samsung Whitepaper https://cdn.codeground.org/nsr/downloads/researchareas/20201201_6G_Vision_web.pdf
  2. Accenture Whitepaper https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insights/technology/technology-trends-2021?c=acn_us_technologyvisiogoogle_11974922&n=psgs_0221&gclid=Cj0KCQiAnKeCBhDPARIsAFDTLTKdbyUR3PbLmUo7l0uML-eQ6a-6oFBQGbda3T1izkjtXbiYRGbI6XcaAnWSEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds#block-mirrored-world
  3. Digital Twin IEEE Research https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9103025
  4. 3D Glossary https://arrival3d.com/glossary/
  5. 2017 Industry 4.0 and the Digital Twin https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/focus/industry-4-0/digital-twin-technology-smart-factory.html
  6. GE Digital Twin Creation https://www.ge.com/research/offering/digital-twin-creation

About Author Aubrey Backscheider