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Dassault Systèmes to develop Singapore’s ‘digital twin’

Zafirah Salim | July 28, 2015
The French company is partnering with the National Research Foundation to develop Virtual Singapore, a 3D city model platform that aims to solve the nation’s emerging and complex urbanisation challenges.

"We need to embrace digital twin in order to do things right the first time round. If you think about what the agencies have to do, it's a very complex process - to evaluate the decision and effects. With the digital twin of the city, people can better understand what they can do with the city and fully evaluate their decisions before actually working on transforming the city," he elaborated.

Delving deeper into this, Charles pointed out that digital twin is more than just about visualisation, it's also about decision processing and cross-agency collaboration. According to him, this project aims to provide a common platform for multiple agencies in charge of the development of Singapore to better collaborate and coordinate their efforts to provide increased value for citizens.  

When asked about the status of this project, Charles said that the project started a year ago and it is now in its experimentation stages. Currently, they are holding trials with small selected groups of citizens to seek feedback about what's valuation information for them.

In terms of future development, Charles believe that there is a potential to extend this service to the mobile platforms, offering new sets of information to citizens, so that they can have better access on the updates regarding their city development.


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