Siemens to Acquire Digital Twin Provider

By Joel Davies -

Siemens Smart Infrastructure has signed an agreement to acquire digital twin software for buildings from EcoDomus, a US-based company. The move seeks to expand the company’s digital building portfolio, including its cloud-based building operations twin software and its flagship building management platform Desigo CC.

EcoDomus Inc. is a privately held US company that improves the ways buildings are designed, built, managed and retrofitted using Building Information Modeling (BIM). Its BIM-based Digital Twin enables building owners and occupiers to improve design and construction data collection and handover, facility management, operation and maintenance.

Customers can generate digital replicas of their real buildings and assets, creating a common data environment that integrates BIM, Building Management Systems (BMS), Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and Internet of Things (IoT) systems. The solution enables BIM-driven workflows and digital twin-based lifecycle management, complemented by 3D visualization.

“The way we operate buildings is fundamentally changing, thanks to the power of digitalization and digital twins”, said Henning Sandfort, CEO of Building Products at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “By enhancing our existing offering for digitalized buildings with EcoDomus’ software, we are strengthening our leading industry position in that dynamic market, offering our customers the full-spectrum benefits of BIM-based operations”.

In the past, BIM data usage has mostly focused on a building’s construction phase. Today, its benefits can also be leveraged in the operations and maintenance phase where 80 per cent of a building’s total lifecycle costs will occur. Leveraging the acquired data creation and visualization capabilities, Siemens states that its digital building software portfolio will allow “enhanced insights” into the performance of customers’ building, real-time issue identification and resolution and “better space and energy utilization”.

The closing of the deal is expected in the next few months and is subject to the conditions agreed by both parties.

You can find more information about Siemens and its acquisition of EcoDomus on its website.

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