Digital Twins: Not Just Pretty Visualisations?

Brought to you by The Connected Devices Group, The Industrial IoT Group

At this event you will learn about the impact that digital twins are having on businesses and discuss ways of improving their efficiency, especially with regards to communication strategies.

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About the event

Digitisation and asset interoperability will continue to be hot trends for 2020. Unfortunately, the wheels of industry have been spinning in the muddy puddles of 5G, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, struggling to leverage these powerful emerging technologies. The pace of digitisation has been slower than anticipated.

Digital Twins are offering everyone a path out of the mud.

But are they more than just pretty visualisations? Can they really enable a new way of thinking about assets, data lakes, AI and the myriad of remote things? If so, will our existing communication strategies help or hinder the growth of Twins? The diversity of legacy technologies in existence definitely suggests that this could be a challenge.

Join us to explore these topics with those businesses pioneering Digital Twins and discover new ways of thinking about interoperability and ‘becoming digital’.

Employees of CW member organisations can attend this event for free. You will need to be logged into your CW account to access your free ticket – log in (or reset your password here)

Tickets for non-members are £150 plus VAT. CW membership may be more cost effective for your organisation than fully priced tickets – find out more about CW membership benefits.

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Kindly Hosted by PwC UK

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. Working across artificial intelligence, life sciences and AgriTech industry sectors with businesses in the region.

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Registration and networking with refreshments


Introduction to CW from Simon Mead, CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)


Welcome from event host, John Dow, Business Development Manager, PwC


Introduction to the event by SIG Champion, Paul Green of Iotic Labs


Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald & Chair of Centre for Digital Built Britain.

'The National Digital Twin – an ecosystem of connected digital twins’

The vision for Digital Built Britain has the potential to release enormous value for the people of the UK, both in the delivery of new assets and in the performance of our existing systems. Making better use of data is central to this vision because better decisions, based on better data, lead to better outcomes. Enabling secure resilient data sharing across organisational boundaries is easier said than done, but this is exactly what we need if we are to connect digital twins and pave the way for the development of the National Digital Twin.

This presentation will: introduce the National Digital Twin, explain why we need it and outline what is being done to deliver it.


Ian Golding, Interim CIO, recently Natural History Museum

'Developing the NHM Digital Twin Technology Vision'

Please note this speaking session will operate under Chatham House Rule


Refreshment break


Colin Evison, Head of Innovation, BAM Nuttall

'Enhancing our digital capability in providing infrastructure'

Colin will describe how at BAM Nuttall they have created proof of concepts and industrial prototypes in order to explore the potential of the greater exploitation of digital and data capabilities


Jonathan Eyre, Technical Lead for Digital Twin and Advanced Visualisation Integrated Manufacturing Group, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

'Digital Twins: What is their Blueprint for Success?'

Definitions of what a digital twin is and the business benefits are widely discussed within online sources that typically present radical enhancements and new business capabilities to such an extent that how could everyone not have already implemented them already? Within this talk Jonathan presents his views on why this is not the case tackling the common questions and challenges that is currently faced by UK industry. Taking his experience from working across manufacturing sectors during his time at the AMRC, he looks to highlight the success and failures that often occur and what should be learnt to enable the faster adoption of digital twins.


Open Forum with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion Sylvia Lu, FRSA, u-blox and UK5G

With additional panellist:

Darius Singh, Senior Consultant, STL Partners.


Closing remarks and Event closes


Mark Enzer - Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald Group

Mark is a keen champion of innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models and in particularly transformational change in the infrastructure industry (including: the application of: Digital Transformation, Smart Infrastructure, connected digital twins, low-carbon sustainable solutions; platform-based delivery, BIM and DfMA).

As Mott MacDonald’s Chief Technical Officer, Mark is accountable to the Executive Board for technical excellence across the Group. As the Chair of Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) Digital Framework Task Group, Mark is contributing to the leadership of the National Digital Twin Programme. Mark was the Digital Transformation workstream lead as part of Project 13 for the Infrastructure Client Group and he was the lead author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, published by HM Treasury.

Colin Evison - Head of Innovation, BAM Nuttall

Colin has been appointed the first Head of Innovation at BAM Nuttall, his latest role since joining in 1997. Previously Engineering Manager, he now leads a team looking to identify and develop the best new technology, materials, methods and ideas from a wide range of sectors and organisations including start-ups and universities. Colin is an ICE reviewer, Supervising Civil Engineer and mentor to junior colleagues. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Engineering and Technology and past chairman of Railway Civil Engineers’ Association.

Jonathan Eyre - Technical Lead for Digital Twin and Advanced Visualisation Integrated Manufacturing Group, , Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

Jonathan leads digital twin engagement for the AMRC breaking down the barriers of adoption. Having started as a software engineer developing bespoke augmented and virtual reality applications, he now works wider across the scope of digital transformation specialising in digital twins. Jonathan co-lead the Feasibility of an Immersive Digital Twin Report published by HVMC that highlighted the perceptions and current challenges faced across all sectors helping to drive the much needed clarity in this area.

Ian Golding - Interim CIO, recently Natural History Museum, Natural History Museum

Ian Golding has been Chief Information Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Data Privacy Officer leading global commercial technology programmes for over 20 years and has a passion for fostering collaboration and innovation to exploit the benefits of technology and data in permanent, interim, fractional and private consulting roles. He has recently been Interim CIO at The Natural History Museum, developing the 'Digital Twin' Technology Vision to support the its dual role as a centre of excellence in leading scientific research and as a world leading museum. In 2017 As the RNLI’s first CIO (Interim) he created the Institution’s first digital, information and technology strategy including new capability for fundraising, predictive analytics and data-based insights that will help the RNLl to break the chain of events that can tragically lead to drowning. Ian was also recently Interim IT Director at Southern Housing Group and prior to Interim roles was Group CIO, Data Privacy Officer and Senior Partner for The ERM Group through its largest growth phase over 4 private equity cycles, to 5,200 staff across 140 offices worldwide. Ian is a a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on the IET Digital Panel, a Chartered Professional Fellow of The BCS, Fellow of The Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also an investor and mentors digital startups. By devoting time to assisting emerging businesses and small investments to advance, Ian’s aim is to help grow the digital ecosystem.

Paul Green - Creative Director, Iotics

Paul originated Arkessa in 2006 - the business that provides remote internet services to multitudes of machines. He is currently creating the services Arkessa will offer in five year's time. His professional life combined engineering and science has taken him through a variety of roles, including design and production engineering, business planning, marketing and corporate sales, mainly in the telecommunications sector. Interestingly, the first product he introduced to manufacture is now is in the Science Museum in London. A passionate and committed Christian, Paul is as excited about materials science and quantum physics as he is interested in railways, walking, skiing and the natural world.

Darius Singh - Director, STL Partners

Darius Singh is a Senior Consultant at STL Partners and leads STL’s work into digital twins. His focus has been on understanding the role of digital twins in accelerating the adoption and implementation of adjacent technologies (IIoT, AI, Edge, 5G), as well as their role in driving real industrial transformation. He has led projects exploring the perception and utilisation of digital twins across different industry verticals globally, as well as co-authored the report “Digital twins: A Catalyst of disruption in the Coordination Age”.

SIG Champions

Paul Green - Creative Director, Iotics

Paul originated Arkessa in 2006 - the business that provides remote internet services to multitudes of machines. He is currently creating the services Arkessa will offer in five year's time. His professional life combined engineering and science has taken him through a variety of roles, including design and production engineering, business planning, marketing and corporate sales, mainly in the telecommunications sector. Interestingly, the first product he introduced to manufacture is now is in the Science Museum in London. A passionate and committed Christian, Paul is as excited about materials science and quantum physics as he is interested in railways, walking, skiing and the natural world.

Nick Hunn - CTO, WiFore Consulting

For the past thirty years Nick has been closely involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility to products, particularly in the areas of telematics, M2M, IoT, wearables, smart energy and mobile health. He is closely involved with the Bluetooth SIG, the Continua Alliance and other medical and wireless standards bodies. He is the author of 'The Essentials of Short Range Wireless' - a book attempting to explain the application of wireless technology to product developers.

Tim Whittaker - Head of Professional Audio Visual, Wireless & Digital Services, Cambridge Consultants

Cambridge Consultants was started in 1960 to pioneer the delivery of independent design and development services in electronic, mechanical and product engineering: we are one of the founder companies of the high-technology Cambridge Phenomenon. Our history of world-class services is augmented by our development of intellectual property in areas including telecommunications, software, silicon, medical devices, machine learning, and by more than 20 successful spin-out ventures. Today Cambridge Consultants employs over 900 world-class engineers, scientists, project managers and technicians with offices in Cambridge UK, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo; we provide the full range of services for excellent product design to a worldwide client base in the wireless, consumer, industrial, energy and medical markets. Tim Whittaker is a System Architect in the Wireless business unit, where he has taken the technical lead in projects using radio
standards like Bluetooth, ZigBee, DECT, and in the creation of specialist communications schemes for new applications, or to use new spectrum allocations.

Sally Atkinson - Director of Account Management, Edge Impulse

Sally’s career started in academic science, however she rapidly found herself working in Tech with a passion for partnerships and building ecosystems. Initially managing UK and then EMEA partnerships for ISVs from start-ups to listed companies, she moved into the world of IoT in 2018, joining Arm to develop the Mbed ecosystem and subsequently leading the global Partner Program at Arm Pelion. An interest in innovative edge technologies led Sally to Edge Impulse, the leading development platform for machine learning on edge devices, where she works with enterprise customers and partners bringing machine learning intelligence to their devices.

Paul Bearpark - Head of Electronics & Software, 42T

Paul is an experienced engineer, engineering manager and product manager. He has spent over 30 years working in the field of electronics in both product development companies and technology consultancies. During his career he has led the development of products through their entire life-cycle from concept to volume manufacture and on-going support and upgrade. He specialises in radio communications, sensor systems and systems engineering. He has worked in the defence and security, telecommunications, and test and measurement industries. 

Paul studied Physics with Electronics at the University of Manchester and has an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Sylvia Lu - Corporate Strategy, u-blox UK, Member of Advisory Board, UKTIN

Sylvia Lu is an award-winning Chartered Engineer and Non-Executive Director. Sylvia has over 15 years of experience in the Telecom industry for four mobile generations with chipset vendors, currently with u-blox at the Corporate Strategy group – a Swiss vendor of positioning and wireless communication chipset, modules, and services.

Sylvia serves on several national and global industry Boards: she is an elected board director of CW (Cambridge Wireless), and serves on the Advisory Board of UKTIN, which provides independent advice on the telecoms sector, champions the opportunities in telecoms research, development, and innovation for the UK, and helps UKTIN provide impartial input to government. She also serves on the Board of 5G-ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation), and joins forces with global industry stakeholders to influence 5G development and deployment in line with industrial imperatives to accelerate Industry 4.0.

She holds a first-class Electronic Engineering degree from Birmingham University and a Master of Science degree in Communications and Signal Processing from the University of Bristol. She graduated with a Distinction from the University of Oxford in PGDip Strategy & Innovation, and an Executive MBA degree from the University of Cambridge. Sylvia is also an artist.

Shahzad Nadeem - Director Business Growth, Itron

Shahzad is the Director Business Growth at Itron Metering Solutions. Previously he worked at Plextek as the Head of Smart Cities Business and later as Head of Industrial Sensing Business. . His focus is delivering business value utilising technology innovations. Development of a major IoT connectivity platform is one of Shahzad’s recent works. He specialises in EVs, DEMs (Distributed Energy Management Systems), Smart Cities, mobile networks, MNOs, MVNOS, MVNEs, Wholesale, m2m and IoT and has keen interest in both technical and commercial aspects. Working cross functionally with businesses, customers, technology, marketing and suppliers – he has delivered complex solutions in the mobile networks and IoT industry. Shahzad has spent 15 years in different technology roles and a decade in business development roles.

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