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Introducing the Centre for Digital Built Britain

The Centre for Digital Built Britain is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge to deliver a smart digital economy for infrastructure and construction for the future and transform the UK construction industry’s approach to the way we plan, build, maintain and use our social and economic infrastructure.

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Professor Andy Neely, speaking the CDBB Summer Showcase, July 2018

"In essence the Centre is doing three things: building research capability and capacity across the UK; informing policy; and supporting change to digital in the built environment. Digital technologies are much broader than Building Information Modelling so the language we use is around design, build, operate and integrate to focus on how these technologies can be applied to enhance productivity and efficiency. Although based in Cambridge the Centre is very much a national programme. We want to find ways to collaborate with industry and academia to make sure that together we build a digital built Britain.”

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Videos and Vlogs explaining some of the work of the Centre for Digital Built Britain Video: Professor Andy Neely and Dr Mark Bew introduce the Centre and explain what a Digital Built Britain is, what the challenges are and how Cambridge will engage with its various stakeholders.


New Centre for Digital Built Britain

The Government announced the launch of this centre of excellence in Cambridge in order to champion the digital revolution in the built environment. The Centre is part of a landmark government-led investment in growing the UK’s construction sector.

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Press Release: Principles to guide the development of the National Digital Twin released

Dec 07, 2018

CDBB has published the first output of its Digital Framework Task Group, The Gemini Principles. The paper sets out proposed principles to guide the national digital twin and the information management framework that will enable it.

CDBB's December 2018 Newsletter

Dec 04, 2018

Find out about the latest news from CDBB on events, our blogs, BIM updates, and more in CDBB's December newsletter.

Professor Andy Neely welcomes the announcement of Core Innovation Hub funding

Nov 30, 2018

Following today’s announcement that CDBB as part of the Transforming Construction Alliance has been awarded leadership of the new £72m Core Innovation Hub, Professor Andy Neely, Director of the Centre, welcomes the good news.

PRESS RELEASE: Transforming Construction Alliance Secures Funding

Nov 30, 2018

Transforming Construction Alliance secures £72 million government funding to drive innovation and boost UK construction productivity.

Digital and BIM Level 2 - Roundtable Number 3 – The Consultant

Nov 28, 2018

The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) teamed up for the third event “The Consultant” in a programme of high-level ‘roundtable’ discussions, which aim to further accelerate adoption of the Government’s digital strategy for the built environment especially the successful embedment of BIM Level 2 across industry.

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Welcome to the Centre for Digital Built Britain.  

The Centre for Digital Built Britain is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge to understand how the construction and infrastructure sectors could use a digital approach to better design, build, operate, and integrate the built environment.

Upcoming events

Workshop related to the D-COM Network.

Dec 17, 2018


BIM 4 Clients

Jan 16, 2019

Institution of Engineering and Technology 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL

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