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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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Prof Mark Girolami announced as the Sir Kirby Laing Professors of Civil Engineering

Jan 17, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Mark Girolami will be joining the Centre for Digital Built Britain in March 2019 from the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London, where he holds both the Chair of Statistics and the Lloyds Register Foundation-Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Data Centric Engineering.

Blog: International - India-UK Tech Festival

Jan 17, 2019

Adam Matthews, CDBB’s Head of International, reflects on the success of the India-UK Future Tech Festival and looks forward to working bilaterally with India to promote high-tech digital construction.

Guest Blog from Dr Alan Hore, CitA and the case for digital

Jan 11, 2019

The Construction IT Alliance (CitA) supports the Irish construction sector to take full advantage of current and emerging information and communications technologies. Dr Alan Hore, Co-Founder of CitA and Head of Quantity Surveying at Dublin Institute of Technology, sets out the case for the transition to digital.

January 2019 Newsletter

Jan 10, 2019

Find out about the latest news from CDBB on events, our blogs, recent reports and more in the CDBB's January 2019 Newsletter

Dr Jennifer Schooling receives New Year's Honour

Jan 07, 2019

DR JENNIFER SCHOOLING OBE, Chair of the Strategic Research Advisory Group at the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), Interim Academic Lead for the Core Innovation Hub of the Transforming Construction Alliance, and Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at the University of Cambridge receives Order of the British Empire in New Year’s Honours 2019.

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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.