Digital Twin Practices for Enhanced Construction Management: A Literature Review

Aktürk B., Çakmak F. P.

7th International Project and Construction Management Conference, İstanbul, Turkey, 20 - 22 October 2022, pp.821-833

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.821-833
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Effective construction management plays a significant role in overcoming challenges the industry faces including low efficiency and productivity, inability to control processes, low profit, etc. In the digital transformation era, several interrelated aspects such as competition, changing customer demands, new generation employees and stakeholders, presented new instruments which have started to become widespread in construction management. Extensively applied in the automotive and manufacturing industries, Digital Twin (DT) has emerged as a technology-based innovation as one of the advances of the digitalization journey to improve and support construction practices. DT is a virtual system that brings design, construction, and operation together by data-linking to its real and physical assets bidirectionally with combined technologies. To answer key questions -namely “What is the definition of Digital Twin (DT)?”, “What are the elements, technologies, and applications of DT in the construction industry?”, and “How DT can be used for enhanced construction management?”- a synthesis of the digital twin literature through the lens of construction management will be made and the high potential of DT to improve construction management practices will be demonstrated. Furthermore, the frequency of consideration of DT practices and the level of awareness in the industry will be increased.