In the previous edition of REBUILD we saw how a Digital Twin should be a simple and intuitive interface. In a simple way, the user can get details about a specific urban area or object, open images and get 3D visualisations, zoom in and out and inspect everything that is going to happen in a building or a city. Now, we will look at the Building Digital Twin as the foundation of the Metaverse.

Working with a high-resolution 3D photogrammetry model, rotating it and moving it through space with just your hands, as futuristic as it may seem, is possible. Applications prepared for a public administration or a company with the aim of increasing the user’s precision and production bring their technology to interact with 3D BIM models.

The metaverse will discover something similar to what we – some of us – saw 18 years ago in Second Life, the virtual social network in which we were supposed to live an alternative to our everyday reality.

But this is the reality now, an embryonic one where humanity is creating a parallel digital reality that now becomes global. We will find out if we can build inside, if we can buy land or if we can manage our buildings and infrastructures in it.