A Better Half: Using Digital Twins to Improve City Infrastructure


Duration:60 minutes


As cities seek to optimize transportation infrastructure amid emerging technology, planners are touting digital models as a way to try out different scenarios in the virtual world. Some “digital twin” users are aiming for comprehensive virtual platforms that incorporate real-time data collected from major infrastructure systems within the real city, which then helps city agencies optimize those systems.

During this webinar, we’ll explore some of these efforts and lessons learned, as well as discuss how digital twins can help infrastructure decision-makers optimize their assets.

The content of this webinar is produced and directed by ENR's editorial team.

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Marek Koltun

Sales Manager
NavVis US

Marek carries over 10 years of experience in business development and go-to-market strategies for early stage tech startups. He has helped building both B2C and B2B technology companies across multiple verticals.

For the past 4 years, he specializes in reality capture, indoor positioning and Digital Twin technologies. While growing the NavVis US office he assisted in the execution of some of the largest scale indoor laser scanning projects to date.

Projects in his portfolio vary from super-tall commercial and residential towers in Manhattan, through transportation hubs and the largest retail centers in the country, to both process and discreet manufacturing plants in the auto, consumer electronics, food/beverage, oil and gas industries.

Monte Lunacek

Data Scientist
Data, Analysis and Visualization Group
National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

Monte Lunacek is a data scientist in the Data, Analysis and Visualization group at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). Monte received his PhD in Computer Science from Colorado State University and his research interests include distributed computing, optimization, and machine learning.

Monte is currently the data science team lead and the acting project manager on the Athena project (https://www.athena-mobility.org/).

Dr. Michael Hunter

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Hunter is a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Hunter joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the 2003.

Dr. Hunter has been highly active in research, teaching, and service and has been principal investigator of sponsored research, for a variety of sponsors including local, state, federal, and industry.

Dr. Hunter has led two significant transportation research centers, the Georgia Transportation Institute (GTI, 2012 to present) and the National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM, 2012 to 2017).

Dr. Hunter is actively researching smart cities, connected vehicles and infrastructure, and disruptive technologies within the transportations systems context.

Aileen Cho

Senior Editor, Engineering News-Record

Engineering News-Record

(Moderator) br Senior Editor - Transportation br Engineering News-Record br br ENR Senior Editor Aileen Cho covers all aspects of transportation infrastructure delivery. She has won Neal Awards for best technical writing and best feature, and has been on several ENR editorial teams that won Neal Awards for coverage of Sandy, the Minnesota bridge collapse, Katrina and many other issues. br br She won the journalism prize in 2006 from the American Association of Engineering Societies. She has also been recognized by the Construction Writers of America for her coverage of airports. Before coming to ENR in 1996, she was the transportation beat reporter for the Greenwich Time in Connecticut. She has been published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Monster.com and Aviation Week.


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