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So what's the Apollo Protocol all about?

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

By: Gavin Cotterill, Co-Host | Digital Built Australia Podcast

Both the manufacturing and built environment sectors are currently developing and implementing digital twin strategies. These strategies are typically developed in isolation, risking the creation of separate, incompatible markets unable to meet cross-sector sustainability and performance goals.

A new document titled "The Apollo Protocol: Unifying Digital Twins Across Sectors" argues for a cross-sectoral framework within the UK sector that will unlock the benefits of digital twins between the manufacturing and built environment sectors, with the support of the technology sector.

"Digitally, each sector is a leader in their area. A key route to making progress in communication between the sectors is to bridge the language gap. To establish the Protocol, we propose these focal points for achieving cross sector digital twins:

  • A single value chain - For information and data services and requirements, enabling a new paradigm for policy makers across the lifecycle of product life cycles.

  • Circular supply chains - Through the alignment of standards and processes, turning the built environment sector’s waste and latent material into a resource for the manufacturing sector through effective, integrated digitalisation.

  • Optimised performance - Throughout the product lifecycle, enabled through robust and interoperable data with technology enabled information sharing.

  • Managed human capital - Between the sectors to ensure resources are optimally utilised and have the right learning and reskilling environments for achieving the above themes."

The report recommends the creation of The Apollo Forum to investigate cross-sectoral digital twin interfaces and explore the opportunities they would offer, some of which are outlined in the report (which you can download below).

The Apollo Protocol
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