Sensat has raised $20.5m (£16.7m) in Series B funding in a round led by National Grid Partners, with the participation of existing investors.

Sensat is a digital twin company with a mission to digitize the underserved construction industry and bring efficiencies to the development and operation of large infrastructure projects.

The funds will help Sensat to drive digital automation in infrastructure projects in the energy, rail and telecommunications sectors, which have traditionally lacked the productivity gains that have been a by-product of the rapid digital adoption that has occurred in other sectors.

Sensat CEO James Dean said: “We are delighted to welcome National Grid Partners as a shareholder and look forward to serving utility customers in the UK, US and beyond, bringing a new era in digital automation for the utility and wider infrastructure sectors.”

Ian Cooper, Head of European Venture Capital at National Grid Partners added: “Many of the world’s largest infrastructure projects already use Sensat to digitize the planning, development and management of their infrastructure projects and enhance team collaboration – eliminating the largely manual processes and data silos that characterize traditional project management.”

“We hope to see Sensat become the leading digital twin solution for infrastructure projects in the utility industry and beyond.”