Water & Wastewater Asia Jan/Feb 2019

Water & Wastewater Asia • January / February 2019 14 | BENTLEY SYSTEMS SPECIAL G oing D igital ( T w i n s ) Presented by Bentley Institute, the Year in Infrastructure Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations focused on best practices and technologies for going digital. The conference is globally recognised as the leading forum for addressing the current priorities and opportunities that impact the infrastructure industry. Attendees hear from industry thought leaders, engage in forums and discussions, and learn about technologies and best practices that will shape the future of infrastructure delivery and operations. T his year, the Year in Infrastructure Conference took place from 15 to 18 October at the Hilton London Metropole in London, United Kingdom, where the focus was on Going Digital (Twins). Infrastructure asset owners and their teams have recognised the potential for leveraging digital twins in many ambitious use cases including the application of analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in simulations and decision support throughout the lifecycle of design, construction, and operations. To realise this potential, representations of assets need obviously to be digital—but to be safely relied upon as a twin there must be practical solutions for their synchronisation to changing actual conditions in the real world. Moreover, merely capturing and representing physical conditions, including IoT inputs, can never be sufficient to understand, analyse, or model intended improvements, without also comprehending the “digital DNA” captured in the project or asset’s engineering specifications. Winners at the Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure Awards