Ireland’s First Higher Education Digital Campus

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Dublin City University, the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at DCU and global software engineering firm Bentley Systems are collaborating to build Ireland’s first higher education digital campus.

The project will involve the creation of a digital twin, a complete 3D version of DCU’s campuses and a part of the Smart DCU Project.  It will incorporate real-time data, gathered from IoT sensors (Internet of Things) on footfall, congestion points, energy and water usage and other important data that can inform planning and infrastructural development. In addition, the information gathered will also help to inform and enhance the student experience at DCU.

Phase one of the partnership will involve the creation of a digital twin of the Glasnevin campus..

Ireland’s First Higher Education Digital Campus

Speaking about the announcement the President of DCU Professor Daire Keogh said,

“This collaboration is an excellent example of the transformative potential of the digital research being conducted at DCU, and Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics.

As part of the Smart DCU initiative, the digital twin model will help us to advance our vision for creating more sustainable and people-centered campuses. Ultimately, this innovation will improve the DCU student experience and enhance the workplace for university staff.”

Prof Noel O’Connor, CEO Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics said,

“Digital twins are an essential technology to enable us to harness the power of the increasing global trend of digitalisation. As we move to a world of ubiquitous sensing and a consequent blending of the physical and digital worlds, research into new ways of gathering and interpreting data is crucial so that our technology can empower better decision making. Working with partners like Bentley and Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Lithuania, this Smart DCU ‘test bed’ presents an unparalleled opportunity for innovation.”

Phil Christensen, Vice President, Business Development, Digital Cities, Bentley Systems, said,

“We’re excited to see innovative organizations like DCU enthusiastically apply digital twins to the planning and operations of campuses. Their development and use of a campus digital twin using Bentley technologies such as OpenCities will provide them with invaluable insights to help them better understand the real-time performance of their campus to make better-informed decisions.”


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Gemma Creagh

ILTA Seminar Series: Digital Learning Research with Professor George Veletsioanos
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