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The set of terms listed on this page has been developed by the National Digital Twin programme. They would welcome your comments and also your ideas on potential new entries.

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  1. Authorisation Layer  

    Part of the Integration Architecture; An authorisation layer is the implementation of a security model.

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  1. Data Transformation Engine  

    Part of the Integration Architecture; The Data Transformation Engine is that will automate the integration of incompatible and legacy data into the system, both once on discovery and “just in time”.

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  2. Digital twin  

    A digital representation of a physical asset or the service delivered by it, used to make decisions that will affect the physical asset. Any changes to the physical assets will be reflected in the digital twin.

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  3. Digital Twin Catalogue  

    Part of the Integration Architecture; The comprehensive catalogue of digital twins considered within the National Digital Twin.

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  4. Digital Twin Hub  

    A best practice sharing community for those who are testing and developing digital twins within the built environment.

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  5. Discovery Protocol  

    Part of the Integration Architecture; A discovery protocol allows for efficient retrieval of digital twins across distributed providers.

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  1. Foundation Data Model  

    Part of the Information Management Framework; The Foundation Data Model is a consistent, clear understanding of what constitutes the world of digital twins, and how we want to be able to formally describe them and their applications in a machine interpretable way.

    • Under Review
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  1. Gemini Principles  

    Report enabling alignment on the approach to information management across the built environment, by establishing agreed concepts and principles to catalyse responsible and ethical data sharing for the public good.

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  1. Information Management Framework  

    A built environment information management landscape and data environment which will adequately define parties, processes, information, technology to support the National Digital Twin.

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  2. Integration Architecture  

    Part of the Information Management Framework; The Integration Architecture is the protocols that will enable the managed sharing of data, the production of models, the scripting of queries and the analysis, interpretation and application of model outputs.

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  3. Intervention  

    Activity that includes creation, maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, repair, preparations for decommission and disposal.

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  1. National Digital Twin  

    Collection of interoperating digital twins that represent the built environment, including national infrastructure and interfaces with the natural environment.

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  1. Ontology  

    Formal, explicit specification of a shared conceptualization. 

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  1. Query Protocol  

    Part of the Integration Architecture; Query Protocol defines the communication protocol in query stage.

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  1. Reference Data Library  

    Part of the Information Management Framework; The Reference Data Library is the particular common set of classes and the properties we will want to use to describe our digital twins. In practice, this could take form through a federation of domain-specific libraries, with a single common protocol.

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  1. The Commons  

    A national-level framework of resources for effective information management in the built environment that may include standards, legislation and regulations.

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  1. Validation Engine  

    Part of the Integration Architecture;

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