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Testing the water


Digital Twins...

Testing the water

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Testing the water


Digital Twins...

Testing the water

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‘How can the use of Digital Twins improve our future?

+ADD Strategy are working with lead sponsor Newcastle University and Northumbrian Water to deliver an exploration into potential of 'Digital twins' in the water industry. 

Digital twins offer a cutting-edge approach that allows companies to test out and explore the impact of ideas and changes to a digital replica of physical assets (physical twin).

The exploration is in the form of a design sprint being delivered at the IF2018 Innovation Festival at Newcastle Racecourse (9th-13th July). 

There are a variety of ways to get involved.

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What are digital twins?


 

a new wave of technologies?

What are digital twins?


 

a new wave of technologies?

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Beyond simulation

Digital twins offer a virtual model of a process, product or service which interact.

Pairing of the virtual and physical worlds allows analysis of data and monitoring of systems to head off problems before they even occur, prevent downtime, develop new opportunities and even plan for the future.

Could utilities use digital twins to ...

  • Better manage operations
  • Create more responsive customer services
  • Reduce and even avoid network failures

….and more

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Diverse applications


Diverse applications...

Diverse applications


Diverse applications...

The business cases to explore

The design sprint (held as part of IF2018), will explore three key areas of application. 

Our goal is to  develop a technology adoption roadmap for Northumbrian Water.  As part of the initiative we will develop three business cases and create two prototypes live on sprint with teams (including  Siemens, Spearhead interactive  and Newcastle University) with organisations wishing to participate.

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Operational performance

This could include health and safety/ productivity / whole life asset life/ field services/ reduced damage/ wear from excess energy and chemicals

Our focus:

The new process plant investment delivery process - design stage of sites / physical civils.  Delays and errors in planning cost time and money.

Goal:

To explore how to use Digital Twin technology to avoid errors in design, delays in live site development and potential to improve site installation and operationalisation efficiency .

Prototype objective:

Using the East Tanfield Phosphate Removal Plant;  Create a model visualisation and 3D version of the site plan, a single digital twin model - live model - running detail of assets / planned process throughput.               

Demonstrate potential in planning/ operationalisation and operational decision making.

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BETTER Customer Service

This could include billing, site visits, water efficiency awareness and many other aspects

Our focus: 

Improving customer contact in stop tap repair/ meter replacement.  How can we make the process better for the customer and improve efficiency?

Goal :

To model the process and identify how to enable, better interaction, streamlining  and stress testing new service flows.

Prototype objective:

Create a service model that enables experimentation and real time response to changes in demand. 

Demonstrating potential improvements to performance and savings through modelling process.

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managing live challenges

This could include Modelling main and stress with scenarios to explore fail events

Our focus:  

How to mitigate risk of events/ how to be better prepared/ create plans for events

Goal: 

To enable better real time decision making and to demonstrate how the event could be better managed or the risk of the event mitigated.   

Prototype objective:

using data from the recent 'Newburn incident' in which a flood affected a large residential area to build the digital twin scenario that demonstrates how failures cascade, and potential for better decision tools. 

Event data will include information regarding the catchment around trunk main burst, flows and pressures, valving, weather and other public data.

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Who is coming and how to get involved


Join us
 

Who is coming and how to get involved


Join us
 

 
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Who is coming?

We have an amazing community already registered for this sprint including Siemens, Atom Bank, Maclaren, UK Flood Defence Alliance, Schneider, Welsh Water Capital, SCISYS, EMCORE, Northern Powergrid, AMT, Turner & Townsend and many others.

What will we gain?

The event offers a great opportunity to meet those interested in applying digital technologies across a wide range of sectors including local government, industry, utilities and infrastructure. 

If you are a technology vendor, the event provides an opportunity to demonstrate how your systems and tools can add value and contribute to digital futures at Northumbrian Water and beyond.

Contact colin@addstrategy.co.uk or sarahcox@addstrategy.co.uk for more information.

Get involved

Participating is free and to attend simply register at the official festival event website and select the 'Testing the Water' sprint.

There is opportunity to participate for a day or up to 5 days.  You can deliver short talks and build demonstrators and support strategy development.

Get £1000 for attending!

If you are quick you can apply for £1000 in the Enterprise competition.  13 lucky SME's (companies with less than 250 employees) will get a £1000 towards their costs for attending.  The deadline is end of play Monday 2nd July.

Click here for more and to submit your entry

 
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A word from the sponsor


Unique skills and

perspective

A word from the sponsor


Unique skills and

perspective

Newcastle University are the lead sponsor for this contribution to IF2018.  Their participation in the Innovation Festival reflects the strong relationship and collaboration between the Institute and Northumbrian Water.

The University has a deep interest in the potential of digital technology to transform utilities and broader industry and is currently investing in the

As an example of this commitment, the latest development is a recent partnership between Siemens and Newcastle University to accelerate digitalisation and meet the needs of an increasingly-digitalised society.  The MindSphere Lab follows a range of major collaborations between Siemens and the university including the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, the SmartGrid Lab, and support for degrees and student experience.

This latest development will form part of Siemens’ MindSphere Innovation Network (MINe), extending the university’s work to harness data from a number of projects across sectors including infrastructure, manufacturing, water and energy.

The University's commitment as the lead sponsor of the Digital Twin sprint represents a commitment to develop a collaborative strategy with Northumbrian Water for development and delivery on a technical roadmap for development and realisation of a portfolio of innovations that are encompassed in the concept of  'digital twin' technology.

This initiative will broaden the interface with the university’s estate and digital research assets. It will concepts that help the University understand Utility drivers and ambition which in turn will improve teaching and research collaborations between academics and Northumbrian Water as a partner, to uncover new opportunities to use digital twins to substantially improve operations and services.

For more information on Newcastle Universities interests in digital innovation for Utilities and broader industry, please contact Fiona.Yip@newcastle.ac.uk