Investigating the role of digital twin and 5G technology in enhancing smart energy management

Shashwat Shashwat*, Kumar Vishal, Kishor Zingre

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Smart Energy Management (SEM) backed by IoT devices and AI/ML algorithms is crucial for achieving energy reduction goals and meeting global sustainability targets such as COP 26. A Digital Twin (DT) allows for rapid analysis and real-time decisions made through accurate analytics for SEM. Furthermore, for urban-scale DT; the next generation of network connectivity can support a high volume of data transfer in real-time. Therefore, this paper analyses trends; technological readiness; and challenges and proposes mitigation strategies for applying DT in the SEM domain. The research status quo is objectively portrayed using scientometric analysis (e.g., clusters using the VOSviewer tool); and the research trends and challenges were identified using a thematic review. The number of publications has grown exponentially in the past four years; with China followed by the UK producing the most publications. Three distinctive trends are observed that are "real-time data analysis"(26%); "optimisation"(34%) and "operation/maintenance"(14%). Furthermore, it highlights the role of the 5G network in transformation and pushing the DT adoption in SEM, which can aid in decision-making and strategic planning in the construction sector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 39th Annual ARCOM Conference
EditorsApollo Tutesigensi, Christopher J. Neilson
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780995546370
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2023
EventThe 39th Annual ARCOM Conference 2023 : Constructing for the Future - University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20236 Sept 2023


ConferenceThe 39th Annual ARCOM Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleARCOM
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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