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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.

Digital technology is changing the way we plan, build, maintain and use our social and economic infrastructure. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is already transforming the UK construction industry.

Over the next decade this technology will combine with the internet of things (providing sensors and other information), advanced data analytics, data driven manufacturing and the digital economy to enable us to plan new infrastructure more effectively, build it at lower cost and operate and maintain it more efficiently.

Digital Built Britain seeks to digitise the entire life-cycle of our built assets finding innovative ways of delivering more capacity out of our existing social and economic infrastructure, dramatically improving the way these assets deliver social services to deliver improved capacity and better public services. Above all, it will enable citizens to make better use of the infrastructure we already have.

The Centre for Digital Built Britain mission is to develop and demonstrate policy and practical insights that will enable the exploitation of new and emerging technologies, data and analytics to enhance the natural and built environment,  thereby driving up commercial competitiveness and productivity, as well as citizen quality of life and well-being.

The Centre for Digital Built Britain is interdisciplinary by nature and not just a technical programme. It is bringing together industry, academia, and policy makers in order to consider the wider effects of the digital agenda on society and the economy. Identifying the questions to be asked in order to to establish how people want to use the built environment requires working with a multidisciplinary team, which we are starting to build – not just in Cambridge, but with other institutions nationally and internationally through open research and network calls for academia and industry.

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