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Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District realizes the Benefits of Digital Twins


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Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District realizes the Benefits of Digital Twins (Archived Webcast)

Originally Aired August 24th, 2021

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) used 2D drawings and technology for design, construction, facility information, and records-management purposes. Accessing this information was inefficient and resulted in incomplete and outdated information for decision making. Drawings lacked the content required for asset lifecycle management and other critical business functions. To improve access of information, the district developed a Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) Building Information Modeling (BIM) Vision with a goal to “create a scalable and maintainable solution for sharing WRF data that integrates with other systems.

The district started a phased approach with the goal of creating a digital twin, a single source of truth. The first BIM phases focused on aggregating underground yard-piping information, analyzing needs, developing standards, and recommending implementation and solution software. The district worked with consultants on an Effluent Pump Station pilot project to demonstrate the functionality and benefits of BIM and facilitate organizational buy-in for future, comprehensive WRF BIM development. To determine the impact and benefits of the pilot BIM, the district conducted a survey and prepared an evaluation report. The survey contained quantitative and qualitative questions that provided an understanding of how the pilot BIM and associated GIS viewer were perceived and utilized by staff.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to better manage and access data for sharing across your organization.
  • Discover the benefits of digital twins for asset management via a pilot program to better manage facilities.
  • Learn how to reduce errors, conflicts, and unnecessary rework in design, construction, and record drawings.
  • Learn how the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District encouraged staff participation in project planning.

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