Taking state-of-the-art technology used almost exclusively to design and construct new builds until now and adapting it for the management of existing buildings is already proving its worth – and has won yet another national award.
Last night [Oct 4] Hastings District Council’s ‘Digital Twins for Optimal Asset Management’ project won the IPWEA 2022 Excellence in Asset Management Award, after taking out the Best Public Works Project in the under $2million category.
A second Hastings District Council project, the Tauroa Road Boardwalk and Shared Path, was highly commended in the Excellence in Road Safety Category.
It is the second award the Digital Twin project has received this year, after it won a Taituarā Local Government Excellence Award (Transforming Service Delivery) in June, said Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst.
“I’m incredibly proud of our innovative and forward-thinking team. This is not only a game-changer for us in the way we monitor and maintain assets owned by our communities but potentially paves the way for other councils.”
The technology enables the remote monitoring of every detail of an existing building on its ‘digital twin’. As well as monitoring the ‘comfortableness’ and performance of the building, clicking on an element brings up all available information: from its age, the material it is made of and condition, to expected life, the manufacturer and paint colour.
Sensors throughout the building measure Co2 levels, humidity, energy consumption and water use, feeding the information back to the digital twin.
It can also detail the building’s carbon footprint should it have to be replaced; including manufacture to delivery to installation.
The first Hastings building to be twinned is the Opera House at Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre, with all of Council’s 140 buildings and major park assets to be added over time.
Hastings council is the first council in New Zealand to apply this technology to existing buildings. It is providing a vastly more efficient, effective, economic management model that streamlines processes, enhances maintenance management and execution, and extends the life of buildings through proactive management.
The award submission noted that the technology is accessible even for small councils or organisations, with the initial investment sitting at $110,000 and the addition of each building expected to cost an average $3000, depending on complexity.
5 October 2022
Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Hastings District Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Hastings District Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Hastings District Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.
© Hastings District Council - / +64 6 871 5000 / email@example.com