Briefing: Process digital twin: lessons learned from a construction case study

Abiodun Akinyemi, Bilge Erdogan, Frédéric Bosché, Derek O'Neil

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This briefing article reflects on an effort to create a digital twin of the work processes of a construction company. The digital twin was to be used by the business to take advantage of digital techniques such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and data analytics in optimising their activities. However, the effort to create the required process maps took longer than expected. In capturing the lessons learned, a system dynamics approach was used to reveal the structural and behavioural issues that prevented the timely completion of the task. The issues identified include problems with planning, process documentation, process standardisation, leadership and stakeholder engagement. From analysis of the results, good practices are recommended to ensure timely delivery of similar tasks in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-99
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Management, Procurement and Law
Issue number3
Early online date27 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


  • business
  • information technology
  • planning & scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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