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develop the water industry’s first Digital
Twin architecture standard: SWAN’s
State of the Art Digital Twin Architecture
to Advance the Water Industry.
Although the concept of a Digital Twin
is relatively new in the water industry,
wider adoption is predicted over the
next five years. That’s not far away. No
journey to Digital Twin implementa-tion
is the same, and each component
identified in the standardized architec-ture
can be implemented in a way to
provide immediate benefit as the utility
works toward the goal of Digital Twin
powered with artificial intelligence.
Water systems take off
The true value lies in the Digital Twin’s
ability to automate the exploration
of alternative operations and capital
improvement scenarios with historic
and current data to reveal more optimal
improvements than could ever be devel-oped
manually, effortlessly generating
data and recommendations to answer
questions such as:
• How can I optimize my process to
reduce energy and chemical consump-tion
while increasing water quality?
• How can I effectively operate my col-lection
system to reduce overflows
during wet weather events?
• A possible event could impact my
influent quality. Can I adjust chemi-cals
and treatment needs at the plant
at the same time to meet my needs?
• Is there a more efficient way to expe-dite
training of utility staff using a
Digital Twin while working remotely?
• Can I optimize the capacity or life of
my existing plant instead of build-ing
a new one?
There are several components of the
architecture (Figure 1) to consider as
utilities begin embracing and leverag-ing
the power of this technology.
• Sensing control and data collection
and sources are the underlying ele-ments
that utilities have been imple-menting
and improving over time and
serve as the essential components for
implementing Digital Twin.