In the last digital twin blog post, we explored how digital twins are utilized for retail and entertainment purposes. Now we will cover the private business use.
Training is a key area digital twins is utilized to improve business performance. A key example of this is our Peco Bolt-On Tee Abandonment Tool example. Digital twins are use in two ways. Holographic overlay where employees work with the actual piece of equipment and holograms are used as a visual aid or when they do not have access to the equipment. When companies have a limited number of equipment training either halts or training is limited to pictures and PowerPoints. Digital twin provides trainees access to equipment like the Bolt-On Tee Abandonment Tool when they traditionally would not get their hands on until the first day on the frontline.
Another key area is education. Currently the main subjects that utilize digital twins are science and medicine. Healthcare educators have developed curriculum using digital twins to transform medical education. Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic created a human anatomy course that allows students to look at the human body in ways they have not been able to before. The benefits include better retention rate and turns difficult curriculum into a fun positive learning experience.
We covered medical education now let’s explore healthcare. Digital twins are used in healthcare to help doctors show patients what exactly happens with powerful simulations. Traditional healthcare practice would involve doctors explaining what will happen to patients with a condition or during a medical procedure. Doctors do their best to explain everything to patients, but this usually leaves patients to make uneducated decisions. Digital twin allows doctors to show patient exactly what will happen and walks them through different scenarios for the best educated decision.
Remote inspections are great way to save travel and improve efficiency. In unique scenarios like bridge inspections remote operations also reduces the dangers of hanging off the side of a bride. Of course, nothing is better than in person inspections. But with over 20,000 of bridges the state of Minnesota knew in person inspections was not a realistic option. Behind the power of drone scanning and digital twins, experts can now inspect bridges in an efficient matter and decide when a in person inspections is required.