Delivering data-driven digital insights to help clients make defensible decisions and develop informed solutions to meet their project needs


The next frontier of technological advancement is not new treatment processes or equipment, but instead lies in dynamic process simulation models, advanced visualization techniques, and/or data-driven analysis, leveraged through that can be used for process analysis and project optimization.

Digital twins allow solutions to be investigated and tested without putting equipment, public health or the environment at risk. These realistic simulations of facility behavior allow organizations to assess “what if” scenarios in the digital domain and solve for some of the most perplexing challenges, before they can occur — enhancing system understanding and achieving improved system design, optimized operations performance and reduced capital and operating costs.

Replica by Jacobs

Built on a foundation of domain knowledge, computational power, data connectivity and intuitive interfaces, Replica enables us to solve your challenges through realistic simulation under a variety of conditions. A Digital OneWater solution, Replica enhances in-depth analysis and leads to improved system design, optimized operations performance and reduced capital and operating costs.

With our digital twin capabilities, we improve communication and collaboration and provide increased confidence in solutions for our clients prior to implementation.

The Environmental Business International (EBI) recognized Jacobs’ Replica digital twin solutions software with a 2019 Technology Merit award, specifically honoring our work with Melbourne Water using Replica at the Winneke Water Treatment Plant. Bentley Systems also recognized Replica, honoring our work with Singapore’s National Water Agency, Public Utilities Board (PUB) at the Tuas Water Reclamation Plant with one of its 2019 Year in Infrastructure Awards in the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants category.

  • 20 +

    years of realistic simulations provided to clients across markets

  • 1 K+

    project applications across the globe to date

  • 15 B+

    gallons per day of capacity (and counting!) simulated using Replica digital twin software solutions

“Digital replicas of actual systems, processes and assets can be used for synthetic data generation, prediction, optimization and scenario analysis, helping utilities unleash the power of data to drive unprecedented savings.”

Raja Kadiyala

Raja Kadiyala

Jacobs Global Digital Market Director

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These digital twins can be likened to a “flight simulator,” demonstrating system performance over time.

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    Replica Planner™

    Replica Planner is a very flexible platform that can simulate resource systems dynamically, over time. Examples of modeled systems include water resources, energy, solid waste and traffic. The ability to connect complex systems together in a single interface that is visually intuitive leads to informed team collaboration and creative solutions.

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    Replica Process™

    Jacobs' world-renowned expertise in water treatment can be simulated both statically and dynamically over time in Replica Process software. Informed decisions are founded on the ability of Replica Process to provide details on system performance among many alternatives, very quickly.

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    Replica Air™

    Replica Air simulates all aspects of a compressible fluid (e.g. air) supply system including pipes, valves, diffusers, and blowers. The ability to couple Replica Air with Replica Controls in a single simulation allows for the development of unique and robust designs that reduce energy use and life cycle costs.

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    Replica Controls™

    Replica Controls allows for dynamic simulation of system instrumentation such as flow meters, indicator transmitters, limit switches and stream analyzers as well as the logic objects including PID controllers, sequencers, units controller and alarms. The software's controls capabilities and functionality align with industry design standards, and its ability to predict full scale performance is unmatched due to the connectivity with Replica Hydraulics.

Replica Hydraulics™

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Replica Hydraulics was designed to simulate all pressurized and gravity flow hydraulics of a system, simultaneously. Replica’s hydraulic blocks were built on accepted engineering practice equations and have been successfully verified on hundreds of projects. The Replica Hydraulics library is the foundation for complete, dynamic water system analysis and can be used exclusively for hydraulic analysis of a system or in conjunction with Replica Process, Replica Controls and or Replica Air.

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These digital twins are multi-dimensional representations of the assets, such as virtual reality, augmented reality and/or data-driven models with asset information, scheduling and more.

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    Replica Parametric Design™

    Replica Parametric Design allows for capturing inputs from Replica Process and creating a rapid design basis for water treatment and conveyance facilities. This software, provides outputs on construction quantities and costs, life cycle quantities and costs and estimates of environmental impacts. Rapid process design in Replica Process and the resulting development of the Replica Parametric Designs allows for thorough alternatives analysis and enhanced team communication.

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    Replica Preview™

    Replica Preview is used to early stage visualization of facility designs. This software rapidly creates scaled three-dimensional designs, which can be placed on Google Earth®. Rapid design development in Replica Parametric Design and visualization with Replica Preview allows for informed analysis of many alternatives and sound decision-making.

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These digital twins are centered around massive quantities of data, but domain knowledge makes this data more valuable to our clients.

Connectivity to the Replica suite amplifies the power of data analytics as has been demonstrated on many projects around the world. While not a software “package,” these capabilities (data analytics, machine learning, optimization, etc.) can be brought to bear by our technologists whenever necessary to gain synergies between data streams and foundational engineering analysis tools.

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