Amersfoort, The Netherlands, October 14, 2021 – The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) has initiated new research to assess the current state of affairs on spatial digital twins. For this study, WGIC will assess the offerings from WGIC Members and the industry at large. It will also assess public agencies’ global initiatives and investments in Spatial Digital Twin development.
The report will present recommendations for authorities, standards development organizations, and the geospatial industry on guidelines, best practices, and standards related to spatial digital twins. The report will articulate the value proposition of spatial digital twins in terms of return-on-investment, socio-economic impact, and support of the UN-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Arnout Desmet – Chair of the WGIC Policy Development and Advocacy Committee said, “Driven by a strong digitalization trend, we see increasing relevance for spatial digital twins. Governments are creating digital twin strategies, and the industry is actively expanding its offerings in this space. Lessons learned from the early implementations of digital twins can help us accelerate their adoption.”
WGIC Executive Director – Barbara Ryan said, ” With active contributions from WGIC Members and partners, we believe this report will demonstrate the value of spatial digital twins globally. We encourage any stakeholder working on spatial digital twins to write to us and contribute to this study.”
The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) is a global not-for-profit trade association of private sector companies working in the geospatial ecosystem. WGIC strives to enhance the geospatial industry’s role, and strengthen its contribution to the global economy and society. It facilitates knowledge exchange within the industry and in the thematic areas of climate change, disaster resilience, energy transition, and resilient infrastructure. Through a range of activities, WGIC represents business interests and shared perspectives of the geospatial industry.