Digital Twins for Cities

Art des Abschlusses: 
4 weeks
berufsbegleitendes Studium
Akademische Weiterbildungsangebote ohne formalen Abschluss
Allgemeine Zugangsvoraussetzungen: 
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas H. Kolbe


The Digital Twins of a city are a virtual image of buildings, streets and entire urban districts and their environment. A multitude of data from a wide variety of sources complements the Digital Twins to form a valuable planning instrument that can provide up-to-date information and forecasts at any time.


A great advantage is the simple and clearly understandable visualization of complex calculation results in the models. In this way, they provide reliable support for citizen participation and decisions on improving mobility flows, meeting climate targets, developing new construction areas or implementing security concepts.

The group of participants is limited to a maximum of 20 people and is made up of executives and project managers from the fields of urban planning, engineering and architecture offices, municipalities, surveying and geodesy as well as business development Smart City.



The following questions are discussed in this certificate course: The following questions are discussed in this certificate course:

  • What are Digital Twins for Cities?
  • What standards are there?
  • What data are included?
  • How can the Digital Twins for Cities be used?
  • What are the components of Digital Twins for Cities?
  • User examples – who currently uses the Digital Twins for Cities and for what is it used?
  • What digital methods are available to the interested person?
  • How do urban planning, asset management and energy / mobility use the Digital Twins for Cities?

Digital city modelling

Modern solar potential analyzes allow the evaluation of facade surfaces and the consideration of shading effects from buildings, vegetation and terrain. As the jointly developed solution of TUM and Virtual City Systems GmbH shows, the potentials can be balanced monthly and displayed and evaluated for each individual building.

Digital Building Information and Modeling (BIM)

The new worlds of Building Information Modeling (IFC) and Urban Information Modeling (CityGML) are growing together, as demonstrated by the visualization of BIM models in the context of the semantic 3D city model of Berlin by Virtual City Systems GmbH.

Application (Mobility, Environment and Housing)

Web-based 3D city models, as shown here in the example of Rotterdam, can be expanded into data hubs and can be linked to real-time sensor systems for traffic events.

Aim of this course

This training program shows how interdisciplinary solutions can be combined to create a virtual city model – the digital twin. The Digital Twin serves as a basis for decisions regarding sustainability, security and quality of life in the built environment.

  • Presentation of innovative methods from the fields of civil engineering, geoinformation and urban planning
  • Assessing digital networking opportunities and emerging new business models
  • Getting to know digital methods of analysis across themes and scales
  • Development of individual solution strategies for complex urban issues
  • Building a network for future activities

Executives and project managers working in town planning and architecture
Employees responsible for planning at communal institution
Experts within the fields of Smart City, measurement and geoinformation


Details der Zugangsvoraussetzung: 


Participants should have relevant work experience of at least 2 years and ideally a higher education degree or a degree from a university of applied sciences.