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Innovation Zero 2024

The UK's largest net-zero congress

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Olympia London
30th - 1st May 2024
9:00am - 5:00pm

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We are delighted to once again participate in Innovation Zero, and we’re contributing to a number of sessions, including: 

Andrew Chadwick, Ecosystem Director, Air Mobility & Airports, joining the Fuelling Flight: Hydrogen session on 1 May at 11:45.

Alison Young, Head of Global Investment, joining the session on Funding the Automotive Transformation, on 1 May at 12:25 in the Transport & Mobility Forum.

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Connected North 2024

Delivering the North's Connected Future

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Manchester Central
22nd - 23rd April 2024
9:00am - 5:00pm

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We are hosting a Digital Twin Hub session on Day 1, 22 April at 2pm, titled ‘Digital twins driving innovation in the North – Explore innovative projects that look to catapult the North of the UK into a bright digital future’. Join Nury Moreira, Community Manager of Digital Twin Hub, and other speakers for an inspiring conversation.

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UKREiiF 2024

The UK's Real Estate Investment & Infrastructure Forum

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Leeds
21st - 23rd May 2024
9:00am - 5:00pm

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This year, we are proud to host our own Pavilion, a place designed to showcase real innovation, and provide opportunities to connect with thought leaders, and UK and global peers.

To review our full Agenda of sessions and activities taking place over the three days and plan your visit, please head to the UKREiiF website > Programme tab > Download Programme or > Click on the Connected Places Catapult Pavilion dot to browse online.

Make sure to visit our Pavilion in Pavilion Square, we look forward to connecting with you in Leeds! 

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Interchange 2024

Be the Change

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Manchester
27th - 28th February 2024
9:00am - 6:00pm

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Paul Wilson, our Chief Business Officer, is participating in the keynote panel titled ‘Transport as the key to people-centric, accessible, and sustainable urban spaces’ on 27 Feb, from 13:10 on the Keynote Stage.

Justin Anderson, Director of Digital Twin Hub, is delivering a presentation on connected digital twins as part of Interchange partner event Transforming Infrastructure Performance (TIP) Live, also on 27 Feb.

Come find us on the show floor and connect!

Register using code CPC24.

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Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) Conference 2024

Become better connected

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Rotterdam, the Netherlands
16th - 17th January 2024
9:00am - 6:00pm

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We’re delighted to participate in the Open & Agile Smart Cities Conference. Make sure to visit our Connected Places Catapult stand on the show floor and to join the sessions our experts are participating in over the course of the two days.

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Digital twins summit makes the connection

Over 900 guests joined the Connected Digital Twins Summit either in person or online to hear industry specialists discuss latest developments, new technologies and next steps.

Connected digital twins offer excellent opportunities to improve the delivery of infrastructure construction and maintenance through a variety of technology platforms, an event heard the other week. But they also promise improved interactions between industry stakeholders and a better chance of engaging with the public positively over new proposals. 

“By placing people at the centre, we can design and optimise systems to meet the needs of the individual,” said Dr Alison Vincent, the Chair of the Digital Twin Hub’s Strategic Board and a Non-Executive Director of Connected Places Catapult, in a keynote address to delegates at the Connected Digital Twins Summit. 

“The result is a more open and collaborative digital twin ecosystem for the good of everyone, helping to improve health and wellbeing, mobility, access to essential resources, and economic opportunity.” 

Platforms like the Digital Twin Hub, continued Alison, “have a role to play in bringing together people and expertise to focus on connecting digital twins, and to make sure the latest tools, guidance and programmes meet the needs of our communities.

“We are driven by our motto ‘learning through sharing and progressing by doing’ and our desire is to be the worldleading, go-to resource on digital twins. We aim to boost the strength of understanding and knowhow in the community with the drive and passion to innovate.”
Dr Alison Vincent, the Chair of the Digital Twin Hub’s Strategic Board and a Non-Executive Director of Connected Places Catapult

The Connected Digital Twins Summit was opened by Transport Technology and Decarbonisation Minister, Jesse Norman who launched the Transport Research and Innovation Board online Transport Digital Twin Vision and Roadmap to 2035. 

In addition, a new partnership with Cranfield University was announced to launch a CPD course in digital twin skills in October. 

Providing the public with compelling stories 

Several speakers throughout the day echoed the sentiments of Dr Alison Vincent around the need to use digital twins to bring people together. 

Janet Greenwood, the Director of KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory Group said that digital twins “have a massive role to play, particularly around storytelling” when it comes to explaining new proposals for the built environment for the benefit of the general public. 

“What we are facing in the future are massive environmental and social changes. Being able to articulate a future vision and set out possible interventions to mitigate risks and make the most of opportunities are where digital twins have a key role.” 

Janet later said that digital twins can help people to imagine what a future vision for an infrastructure development would look like, adding: “It is incumbent upon us as industry experts to be able to articulate a future vision.”

During a later session on digital skills and building capability within the DT Hub Working Group, Anglian Water Services’ Chief Data Officer, Matt Edwards spoke of the need to better communicate digital goals within organisations. 

“Storytelling is such an important skill in our world, to help build business cases,” he said. “What we would really like to do is create guidance that helps any number of organisations learn how to become more comfortable communicating about opportunities through digital twins.” 

Effective communication around the importance of using digital twins, he added, can help to “drive digital investment and engage the workforce at all levels. It is our job as leaders to make it happen. 

“We are missing a trick if we aren’t showing business communities the art of the possible and showing them a window on the future.” Digital twin storytelling, added Matt, is about “making the narrative and the technologies accessible”. 

Another advocate of promoting digital twins more thoroughly was Melissa Zanocco OBE of the Infrastructure Client Group and Co-Chair of the DT Hub Community Council. She told the Summit: “The power of storytelling is just as important as the digital skills. It is about being able to win hearts and minds and put everything into a language that others can understand.” 

She added that digital professionals need to ensure they can “talk boardroom language, so that board-level people have the right information to make the decisions they need.” 

Digital Twin Hub Director, Justin Anderson spoke of the group “fostering a collaborative space for members to exchange knowledge about digital twins and creating safe spaces to share knowledge about digital twins. 

“Our role involves chronicling insights from various sources like community calls, work groups and panel discussions,” he said. “All of these insights are freely distributed among our members, creating a well-stocked repository of valuable resources.” 

World Bank Senior Consultant and GeoEnable Director, Steven Eglinton agreed. “Communication is absolutely the single biggest thing for me.” People, he added, have varied skill sets and expertise about how to implement digital technology for infrastructure. “How we use digital twins incrementally will be the challenging part.” Connecting digital twins together, Steven added, promises to bring people together too. 

Delegates to the Summit also heard from Innovate UK’s Head of Digital Twins, Simon Hart who spoke about six new cyber-physical infrastructure projects to accelerate innovation in the UK. He encouraged SMEs to engage with Innovate UK’s new ‘Innovation Hub’ and a newly launched ‘Moonshots for the UK’ initiative. Simon asked the audience to submit ideas for ‘moonshot’ projects that could help to accelerate research and development in the UK around digital twins. “We want to hear from the public if they have identified any gaps,” he said. 

Transparency is the new gold 

During another session on unleashing the power of connected twins, Kjell Eriksson of DNV remarked that while many people see ‘data as the new gold’, “maybe moving forwards transparency is the new gold”. In future, he added, “there will be increased demand for sharing what is going on”. 

Fujitsu UK’s Centre for Cognitive Advanced Technologies’ Managing Director, Keith Dear remarked that digital twins could become “as profound a revolution as to how we interact with information as the introduction of the internet, and that will need a business model that doesn’t yet exist”. 

Also at the event, Sarah Hayes, Engagement Lead for the Climate Resilience Demonstrator digital twin project CReDo remarked that climate change is the biggest challenge we face, but that we are not ready for extreme weather events caused by climate change. 

However, she said that sharing data and collaboration across sectors will help to increase the resilience of critical infrastructure in response to climate change. 

Sarah set out three industry challenges: the co-ordinated understanding of infrastructure interdependencies; data sharing across sectors; and co-ordinated strategic resilience planning and investment. 

“This is all part of our journey towards connected digital twins, so we can share data through some sort of ecosystem distributed architecture we all need to develop,” she said. 

Take the next steps in your digital twin journey with the Digital Twins for Senior Leaders course from the Digital Twin Hub, in partnership with Cranfield University.
The 8-week online course aims to help leaders and future leaders develop awareness, knowledge, and increase confidence to create solutions using digital twins. Register for the course, starting on 13 June.

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Showcasing the Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo) Webinar

Increasing climate resilience through cross-sector data sharing in a connected digital twin.

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Webinar
7th March 2023
10:00am - 12:00pm

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We would be delighted if you could join us for the CReDo conference and webinar “Showcasing the Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo) – Increasing climate resilience through cross-sector data sharing in a connected digital twin” on Tuesday 7 March 2023 from 10:00-12.00 to find out about progress in Phase 2 of the Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo) project led by Connected Places Catapult. This event runs in place of the usual Digital Twin Hub Gemini Call.

Digital twins and data sharing initiatives can face many challenges. We will be looking at:

How to break down data siloes for cross-sector data sharing and bring the data together in a way that is scalable and extensible to other organisations, sectors, and regions
How to unlock the strategic use case for planning and investment in climate resilient infrastructure.
We will also be running a live demo of the latest version of CReDo and showing clips of the new CReDo Phase 2 film. The CReDo team will be on hand to answer your questions.

Register to hear more about the CReDo project and join us in spreading the word on how collaboration through connected digital twins can help take us on the path to net zero and adapt to climate change.

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A Digital Twin Hub Fireside Chat: A deep dive into the financial intricacies of digital twins

Join us on Friday the 27th of January for a deep dive into the financial intricacies of Digital Twins.

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Webinar
27th January 2023
3:30pm - 4:00pm

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The Digital Twin Hub and Connected Places Catapult is presenting a 30 minute virtual panel discussion into the intricacies and the financial challenges and opportunities that accompany digital twins creation and implementation. The panel will be hosted by digital twin enthusiast Henry Fenby-Taylor, with DT Hub Strategic Board members Mark Coates, of Bentley Systems, and Paul Lam, of TuSimple, as panellists.

Henry Fenby-Taylor
Creator
Digital Twin Fan Club podcast
Mark Coates
International Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
Bentley Systems
Paul Lam, Director
Corporate Development & Strategy
Tu Simple
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Developing use cases for digital twins – Application Guidance and FAQs

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Innovating for a pandemic resilient public transport system

What would a pandemic resilient public transport system look like for the UK, and what steps can the public transport ecosystem take to get there by 2030?

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the United Kingdom’s (UK) public transport system. As the industry starts to consider its priorities for transport post-COVID-19, learnings made during the present pandemic must be embedded into longer-term plans.

In January 2022, market leaders and experts came together to envisage what pandemic resilience looks like for the UK’s future public transport system. Using that vision as a guiding light, ecosystem stakeholders then identified what innovations can help the industry reach the vision and how industry and government can work together to make the innovation process easier.

The future vision presented in this report constitutes one small step towards a more joined-up and integrated approach to pandemic resilience for the UK’s public transport system. The vision of a 2030 pandemic resilient UK public transport system was co-created with 39 market leaders and experts, while another 31 innovators and experts helped us identify innovation and intervention areas.

In this report, we have summarised the outputs of that work, including:

• The six fundamental elements of the future vision

• How the current transport system fares in terms of pandemic resilience

• Key barriers hindering progress

• ‘Softer’ interventions to tackle the obstacles that are standing in the way of greater pandemic resilience

• Areas where innovation may help bring us closer to the vision

We recommend that the learnings made during the Innovating for a Pandemic Resilient Public Transport project feed into the design and development of a testbed where public transport innovators can test and trial promising new solutions. More broadly, we hope this work will contribute to ongoing discussions about how the UK’s public transport system can develop greater resilience to future pandemics.

Innovating for a pandemic resilient public transport system
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