26 May 2022

BIM and IoT Integration with Digital Twins

Data Viz extensions

BIM and IoT integration with digital twins using Forge's IoT toolkit

The Forge Viewer team at Autodesk is excited to announce the new Data Visualization extensions as an IoT (Internet of Things) toolkit to integrate sensor data from your preferred database service (Azure, AWS, others) into your BIM (Building Information Management) models.  


This IoT toolkit lets you easily create a Digital Twin using the Forge Viewer. New features range from adding sensors into your model to allow for equipment maintenance status, to adding heatmap shaders on objects that help visualize temperature, CO2, or people movements. Check out the full list of features available below: 

  • Sprites and heatmaps 

  • Timeline 

  • Data adapters to popular IoT data sources 

  • React-based Reference Architecture  

  • Open-source chart library (Apache echart) 


We have crafted a reference architecture using React, as the UI framework, and Azure time-series database adapters to ease the development time. This super sample, along with exhaustive documentation, will help you quickly learn how to leverage the Data Visualization extensions to build your own powerful Digital Twin experiences. The enhanced documentation will be your guide to integrate IoT data with your design model using easy-to-follow steps and several code samples. 

What is a digital twin?

So what is a digital twin? A digital twin is a digital replica of a physical asset. What does a digital twin mean for IoT? Digital Twins can be combined with IoT technology like sensor data to provide real time and in context data points from the digital twin for the physical asset. 

See BIM IoT Integration in action


Who can benefit from BIM IoT integration?

If you need to visualize how your assets behave over time (in real-time or historical) or just understand the context within your models to make better business decisions, this is for you! 


How can I get started using IoT integrations and digital twin technology?

Visit the Data Visualization’s Developer Guide to start building your Digital Twin today. Leverage our reference architecture for a quick start and join one of our upcoming Forge Accelerators to quickly take your app to the next level in a 1-week intensive program. 


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