Siemens Smart Infrastructure has signed an agreement to acquire digital twin software for buildings from U.S.-based company EcoDomus, Inc. The move helps Siemens Smart Infrastructure expand its digital building portfolio. This includes its cloud-based building operations twin software and its flagship building management platform Desigo CC.
The EcoDomus software creates, maintains, and visualizes Building Information Modeling (BIM)-based digital building twins. Correspondingly, this makes design and construction data available for building operations and maintenance.
Furthermore, 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. Hence, 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. At present, operations and maintenance phase can benefit from this. This is crucial because this is where 80 percent of a building’s total lifecycle costs will occur.
Meanwhile, leveraging the acquired data creation and visualization capabilities, Siemens’ digital building software portfolio will bring substantial benefits to customers. This covers enhanced insights into the performance of their building, real-time issue identification and resolution, better space and energy utilization, and many others.
Furthermore, customers will be able to turn their buildings into more sustainable, comfortable, and safe places to live and work. At the same time, they will be able to streamline processes and reduce operational costs.
EcoDomus Inc. is a privately held US company. The companies expect to close the deal in the next few months, subject to the conditions agreed by both parties.