A Model City
Virtual Replicas Might Reshape City Projects of the Future
Cities are dynamic—and even the simplest of projects can have unknown ripple effects. But what if there was a way to see exactly how a change will affect all aspects of a city? A city's "digital twin" is a virtual replica that pulls information from government agencies, 3D models, internet of things technology, real-time data and other sources. Armed with this data, for instance, city officials can analyze the impact of construction work on traffic or the noise pollution from new rail lines; urban planners can look at sun patterns to optimize a new solar energy project; and public stakeholders can visualize and comprehend the implications of proposals.