SWAN Digital Twin H2O Work Group

The goal of the Digital Twin Work Group is to develop a common strategy for adopting Digital Twin technology by bringing together global water leaders from utilities, solution providers, engineering firms, government, and academia.  Digital Twin solutions can help increase utility operational efficiency, saving billions of dollars and improving water quality on a global basis. 

NEW Online Course: Demystifying Digital Twins

Led by Gigi Karmous-Edwards, this course provides a first-of-its kind overview of digital twins in the water industry, covering the basics of digital twins, the synergies between digital twins and digital transformation, and how to implement digital twins to drive real-world business value. 

The course is FREE for SWAN utility and regulators, and 50% off for all other SWAN Members.

View SWAN Digital Twin Architecture

Developed by SWAN Digital Twin Architecture Subgroup and led by Michael Karl of Brown and Caldwell, this new architecture conveys the different components that comprise a Digital Twin in a water/wastewater system from the physical system to user experience. Click the image below to enlarge and download. 

SWAN DT Architecture

Digital Twin – Water Systems Definition:

Digital Twin is a disruptive technology that provides a virtual/digital representation of both the elements and the dynamics of a water plant or system. If implemented properly, Digital Twin can influence the design, build and operation of the system throughout its life cycle (design-build-operate) and help optimise operation through informed insights. In other words, it is a dynamic software model (hydraulic model + ML) of the physical plant/system based on real-time continuous calibration.   

–Collin J. Parris, VP of Software, GE – “A living model that drives outcomes”

Digital Twin Foundation

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Work Group Structure 

The SWAN Digital Twin H2O Work Group is co-chaired by Gigi Karmous-Edwards (Karmous-Edwards Consulting), Colby Manwaring (Innovyze) & Andreu Fargas (Consorci Aigues de Tarragona). The Work Group is open to join for free to be an “Observer Member” and receive Group updates. SWAN Members can also become “Active Members” and collaborate to develop a common, global Digital Twin strategy.

The Work Group is divided into three Subgroups with different goals and objectives:

  • Holistic Architecture: Michael Karl, National Smart Utility Technology Manager (Brown and Caldwell) & Chengzi Chew, Business Development Manager – Emerging Technology (DHI)
  • Digital Twin Lifecycle (Design – Construction – Operation – Customer Experience): Wagner Carvalho, Senior Project Manager (AEGEA) & Agnethe Pedersen, Industrial PhD Student (VandCenter Syd)
  • BIM and Asset Management: Chris Steele, Head of Digital Products and Services (Binnies) & Jamie Mills, Global BIM Manager (Xylem)
  • Outcomes and Applications: Andy Smith, Smart Water Strategy Manager (Anglian Water) & Pedro Vieira Moreira, IT & Innovation Director (Águas do Porto)

Please sign up in the contact form below if you are interested in becoming an “Active” or “Observer” Member in the Work Group

(Only available to SWAN Members)

Active Members 

clean water services
DC Water
Kennedy Jenks

Past Events

4th SWAN Digital Twin Workshop

From May 25-26, 2021, the SWAN Digital Twin Work Group held its 4th Workshop feat. the global Digital Twin journey, an expert Master Class, roundtable session, Digital Twin user experience, and a holistic network management approach. 

View a summary of the Roundtable session to the left. The Workshop recordings, presentations, and roundtables are available for SWAN Members

3rd SWAN Digital Twin Workshop

On July 21, 2020, the SWAN Digital Twin Work Group held its 3rd Workshop virtually, featuring global industry experts discuss topics on:

  • Digital Twin Lessons Learned and Way Forward
  • Twinning in Wastewater – Concept to Reality
  • Actualising the Benefits of Digital Twins

View the Workshop recording, presentations, roundtables with key takeaways by clicking below.

SWAN Americas Digital Twin Webinar

On July 7th, 2020, the SWAN Americas hosted its 10th Webinar offering practical insights for deploying Digital Twins, featuring:

  • Gigi Karmous-Edwards, President, Karmous-Edwards Consulting
  • Devin Doring, Technical Services Supervisor, Public Works Department, City of Salem (OR)
  • Michael Karl & Jacob Young, National Smart Utility Technology Leads, Brown and Caldwell
  • Brad Dreier, VP – Business Development, GoAigua

2nd SWAN Digital Twin Workshop

On Nov. 6th, 2019, the SWAN Digital Twin H2O Work Group held its 2nd Workshop at Aquatech Amsterdam showcasing progressive utility and industry leaders’ approaches to implementing Digital Twins, as well as interactive roundtables covering topics on holistic architecture and achieving tangible outcomes.

View the Workshop presentations and recap below. 

1st SWAN Digital Twin Workshop

On May 14th, 2019, the SWAN Digital Twin H2O Work Group held its 1st Workshop in Miami in conjunction with the SWAN 2019 Conference, bringing together global water leaders to develop a common understanding of Digital Twin technology and utility implementation practices.

View the Workshop presentations and recap below. 

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