The Team Behind the Apollo Protocol White Paper, which calls for a common language between digital twins, are to reveal details of how they will begin setting up the Apollo Forum during a livestreamed launch event on October 25.
Since its launch last month, the Apollo Protocol has reportedly garnered praise and excitement from the digital twin community in manufacturing, construction and the built environment, as well as the technology sector.
Currently, the manufacturing and built environment sectors are separately developing digital twins using different languages and business models, but many of our challenges, such as net zero and economic sustainability, require the sectors to work together.
The white paper, published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and backed by a range of organizations, outlines a proposal to unlock the benefits of digital twins between the built environment and manufacturing sectors. He argues for the creation of the Apollo Forum to explore four key themes:
- A single value chain for information and data services and requirements
- Circular supply chains between sectors
- Optimized performance through technology-enabled information sharing, and
- Management of human capital and resources across sectors.
During a live launch on October 25, the team behind the initiative will reveal details of how the Apollo Forum will begin its work.
The Forum will be established by hands-on, cross-industry events where manufacturers and asset owners can articulate their data needs or technology offerings to chart the beginnings of a unified value chain, explore solutions, and unlock practical roadblocks. The work is to be supported by Innovate UK to develop UK capacity in cyber physical infrastructure. The events will start as early as November 2022.
“Lack of collaboration and language barriers”
Neil Thompson, Head of Digital Manufacturing and Performance at the Construction Leadership Council and Chair of the IET’s Built Environment Panel, explained: “The data needs of manufacturers and asset owners in our sectors are hampered by a lack of collaboration and language barriers.
“The Apollo Forum events we have planned will allow us to map these needs, identify technical and other support, and ultimately develop valuable cross-industry solutions for attendees. Along the way, we’ll begin to identify how to write the Apollo Protocol, but we’ll get there by taking practical steps to solve real-life problems.
Asset owners, manufacturers and others interested in overcoming barriers to cross-industry collaboration are invited to learn more about how they can participate in Apollo Forum events by joining the live stream at 3:30 p.m. on October 25. A link to the live stream will be available on the Apollo Protocol Network on the Digital Twin Hub shortly before the event.
The Apollo Protocol represents the combined efforts of the IET, Construction Leadership Council (CLC), University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC), High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult , the Center for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), The Construction Innovation Hub, the Digital Twin Hub, techUK and the Alan Turing Institute. The project is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK.
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