Interactive Workshop

Digital Twin Strategy Powering the National Economy

15 May 2024 || 1330-1630 hrs


1330 - 1345 Welcome and Introduction
1345 - 1415 Digital Leadership for Digitalization is Done Together
1415 - 1445 Towards a Societal Challenge-Oriented Digital Twin-Based Way of Working
1445 - 1505 Break
1505 - 1510 Welcome Back and Introduction Next Session
1510 - 1540 National Digital twin (NLDT) - An Open Architecture Based on Interoperability and Modularity
1540 - 1625 Panel Discussion and Q&A Sessie
1625 - 1630 Summary - Thoughts of the Day - Take Aways


Rob van der Velde

Executive Director
The Netherlands

Rosemarie Mijlhoff-Portier

Senior Consultant
The Netherlands

Bart De Lathouwer

Senior Expert
The Netherlands

Lianne Sleebos

Program manager Network of (Local) Digital Twins (NLDT)
The Netherlands

Arie Versluis

Manager Knowledge and (Geo) Information
Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
The Netherlands

Mieke van Schaik

Strategic Information Adviser
Gemeente Eindhoven
The Netherlands

Niels van der Graaf

Business Unit Manager Government - on behalf of CEO Wouter Brokx
The Netherlands

Henk Scholten

Director Research
The Netherlands


A Digital Twin (DT) is a virtual representation of a physical object, that is periodic updated in lifecycle and uses real-time date. The DT enables stakeholders of the system to visualize the data in 3D, and enables simulation of consequences of future interventions, which can aid in enhanced decision-making. As a digital tool, the Digital Twins play a pivotal role in powering the national economy by enabling stakeholders to make better decisions across all the major sectors of the economy. A national Digital Twin, which is an interconnected system of Digital Twins built for different use cases in different domains, can aid in informed decision-making with regard to the multi-dimensional challenges which span multiple domains.

The development of a national Digital Twin necessitates understanding regarding the challenges faced by key user sectors in the country. The Digital Twin initiatives which are a part of the national Digital Twin should therefore also be aligned with the strategic development priorities of the country. This raises the need for co-operation and collaboration between data producers and users across sectors, including both government and private stakeholders. The implementation of a national Digital Twin also requires the buy-in from the policymakers across domains due to its multidisciplinary nature, which emphasizes the importance of demonstration of the impact of Digital Twins in the national economy.

The development of a national Digital Twin in The Netherlands can be fast-tracked through the development of a comprehensive national Digital Twin strategy which define the standards, processes, tools, and mechanisms which can help drive the growth of Digital Twins. The development and expansion of National Geospatial Information Infrastructure (NGII) is foundational for the implementation of a national Digital Twin. Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI) framework which places the principles of user-centricity, private sector participation, collaboration, and knowledge creation at its core, can aid in the integration of demand-driven, real-time data from diverse stakeholders, and development of a knowledge-focused NGII which can in turn aid in the development of the national Digital Twin. A national Digital Twin strategy developed in alignment with the principles of GKI will aid in driving Digital Twin maturity across domains and enhancing impact of Digital Twins across diverse domains of the economy and society.


The presentations and panel discussion aims to bring together stakeholders involved in the development of Digital Twins across domains and themes, with geospatial data providers, users across domains, and policymakers to discuss and debate the components of a strategy which will aid in the development of a interoperable National Digital Twin in The Netherlands.


  • To ensure alignment of the Digital Twin initiatives with strategic priorities of The Netherlands
  • To encourage collaboration between Digital Twins from diverse domains and themes via interoperability and modularity
  • To ideate components of a Digital Twin Strategy for The Netherlands in alignment with GKI principles

Session Highlights

  • Towards a societal challenge-oriented Digital Twin-based way of working
  • National Digital Twin (NLDT) – An Open architecture based on interoperability and modularity. In short, build to work together.
  • Digital leadership for digitalization is done together. The major cities of Netherlands are joining forces.
  • Panel discussion and a Q&A session with the audience


National geospatial agencies
Government user organizations
Geospatial, digital, and sectoral policymakers
Private geospatial industry
Digital industry
Sectoral solution and service providers
Standards organisations
Research and Academia