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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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Tender: Professional Services for the Digital Twin Hub

Jun 18, 2019

CDBB invites proposals to overview and plan the work of the Digital Twin Hub collaborative learning community, facilitated via an online portal, that will support collaboration related to the development, management and integration of digital twins for the built environment, including economic and social infrastructure.

Sakthy Selvakumaran awarded Newnham College Research Fellowship

Jun 17, 2019

PhD student at the Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology receives research fellowship to continue work in satellite monitoring of infrastructure.

Blog by Adam Matthews who reflects on a workshop in Indonesia

Jun 16, 2019

Adam Matthews, lead for the Centre for Digital Built Britain’s (CDBB) International Programme, reflects on a successful workshop in Indonesia and how adoption of UK infrastructure methodologies is supporting the country’s infrastructure development plans.

Dr Anne Kemp named in Queen’s Birthday Honours Awards

Jun 07, 2019

Dr Anne Kemp OBE, Fellow and Technical Director for Digital Engineering (DE) and BIM Strategy and Development, at Atkins, Chair of the UK BIM Alliance and BuildingSMART UK member of the Management Advisory Board for the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) and part of CDBB’s Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG), has received the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2019, announced today.

Blog: Karen Blay reflects on digital inclusion in designing accessible infrastructure

Jun 07, 2019

Dr Karen Blay is a Lecturer in Quantity Surveying at Loughborough University and a CDBB Early Career Researcher (ECR). Following a workshop in Brazil to design accessible infrastructure for the education and mobility of the blind, Dr Blay reflects on the need for ‘digital inclusion’.

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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

Toward Blockchain-Enabled Supply Chains in the Built Environment

Jun 28, 2019

3M Buckley Innovation Centre Hudderfield, HD1 3BD, UK

Recommendations for Automated Checking of Regulations and Requirements Management in Healthcare Design

Jul 01, 2019

The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (ICSIC) 2019

Jul 08, 2019

Churchill College, University of Cambridge

CDBB Week 2019

Sep 09, 2019

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