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Research background

Nicola Moretti is a research associate at the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge. He works with the Asset Management Group at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and is part of the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB). His research focuses on developing and demonstrating effective approaches and tools for integrating building and infrastructure data from different sources to support asset management. This involves identifying data requirements for asset management, defining asset information models and integrating such data with the BIM/GIS models.

CDBB projects involved with

West Cambridge Digital Twin Research Facility

​Research ambitions for CDBB

Working in the CDBB and the Institute for Manufacturing offers the great possibility to live in a world-leading interdisciplinary research environment. Here I have the chance to be in contact with distinguished researchers and professional, creating a unique opportunity for learning and exchanging ideas. This experience offers the opportunity to:

  • investigate how the Digital Twin (DT) principles and practice affect the digital built environment Asset Management (AM);
  • develop innovative processes and tools for data integration, aimed at achieving an information management framework supporting the city level DT;
  • demonstrate the effectiveness of the developed tools and processes, for delivering better digital AM services.



Nicola completed the PhD at the Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering Department at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. The doctoral research aimed at reengineering asset management business processes, through new information management capabilities offered by digital tools and approaches. During the PhD he also focused on improved information management for use phase of the assets and GIS/BIM integration for Facility and Asset Management.


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