The COVID-19 pandemic is causing some property owners and managers of commercial office space to create digital twins of their buildings to model everything from the ability of workers to maintain a safe social distance to how the flow of air generated by HVAC units could carry the virus. 

That’s according to  JLL, which says that digital twins—virtual replicas of physical spaces that property managers can use to simulate things such as vacant indoor environments before people return to them en masse—are surging in use in real estate and other industries during the pandemic. The technology, originally developed for use by the aerospace industry in the 1960s, has gained new steam with the introduction of better Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and advanced computer modeling. JLL reports that research firm MarketsandMarkets has projected the digital twin industry will grow to $35.8 billion in 2025, compared to the $3.8 billion it generated in 2019.

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected]. On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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