Gafcon Digital, a leading digital owner’s representative and systems integrator in the real estate and construction industry, has been selected to participate in a Forge Accelerator hosted by Autodesk. The exclusive event, held May 24-28, 2021, brings together top technology developers to build new applications for the real estate and construction industry using the Autodesk Forge platform.
Gafcon Digital’s participation in the Accelerator will be focused on using Forge to automate the process of building and deploying digital twins on the Microsoft Azure platform, and its inclusion by Autodesk highlights a recognition of Gafcon Digital’s success implementing digital twin solutions and expectations for continued growth in the market. The Gafcon Digital line of business is one of the only digital twin systems integrators that specializes in the architecture, engineering and constructions industry.
“We’re on the verge of an industry inflection point and open platforms from Autodesk and Microsoft give us the flexibility to implement scalable and lasting solutions in a fast-changing environment,” said Gafcon Digital Technical Director Sean Olcott. “We have always prided ourselves on being vendor agnostic when it comes to technology – we implement what best suits the client. And we think what comes out of this event will give us the ability to work with even more vendor solutions, which is critical because owner requirements are becoming more complex and ambitious.”
A digital twin is a “virtual representation of real-world entities and processes, synchronized at a specified frequency and fidelity.” It enables users of digital twins to transform their ability to simulate, manage and control the performance of their projects and buildings. A significant obstacle to fully realizing the value proposition of digital twins is the inefficiency of specifying, building, and integrating them with operational systems across an enterprise. Over the course of the weeklong Accelerator, Gafcon Digital will work with partners to develop a solution for accelerating this process, resulting in a composable business solution that can be applied to both new and existing built infrastructure.
“Our expectation,” continued Olcott, “is that this will make it more viable for owners to deploy digital twins across their entire portfolio, and – because it’s built on the Azure platform – encourage adoption of digital twins throughout the real estate and construction industry.”