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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 at 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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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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Blog: Digitalisation of Construction for a Young Audience - come to Cambridge Science Festival!

Mar 18, 2019

Ahead of CDBB’s inaugural event at the Cambridge Science Festival, and an appearance on BBC Click, Thayla Zomer, a researcher at CDBB, explains the digitalisation of construction to a young audience.

Guest Blog from Vicki Holmes

Mar 08, 2019

Digital transformation brings opportunity as well as challenge, says Vicki Holmes, Digital Manager at Multiplex and Women in BIM core team member. In this guest blog Vicki makes the case for diversifying to digitalise.

March 2019 Newsletter

Mar 05, 2019

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

BIM Level 2 Roundtable Discussion Series - Roundtable 5 - SMEs

Mar 05, 2019

The fifth of our series of nine BIM Level 2 roundtable events was held on Tuesday 5th March and saw a group of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the construction sector discuss the advantages of being small when delivering BIM, along with some of the challenges.

Mott MacDonald appointed as delivery partner for the UK’s Global Infrastructure Programme

Mar 04, 2019

Mott MacDonald has been appointed as Delivery Partner for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Building Information Modelling (BIM) Pathfinder Programme, as part of the Cross-government Prosperity Funded Global Infrastructure Programme.

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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.