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What is CDBB?

The Centre for Digital Built Britain is a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge. It seeks to understand how the construction and infrastructure sectors can use a digital approach to better design, build, operate, and integrate the built environment. The Centre was established by HM Government in the 2017 Autumn Budget as the home of the UK BIM and Digital Built Britain Programmes. The Centre’s founding 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 a partnership between the Department for 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.

Building Research Capacity

Centred in Cambridge, CDBB funds researchers throughout the UK to grow the multi-disciplinary research community needed to deliver the programme’s social, economic and technological ambitions. CDBB’s Research Bridgehead works with industry and policy makers to enable innovative research to become part of professional practice.

Informing Policy

Ensuring Centre outputs inform evidence-based policy, CDBB supports the digital transformation programme in government through its Home Nations Working Group, Public Sector BIM Working Group and the Digital Framework Task Group. Its International and Global Infrastructure Prosperity programmes grow the market for the export of UK skills and services.

Supporting Change

CDBB champions a coordinated vision and roadmap for the digitisation of the construction and infrastructure sectors. Through its research, policy and engagement programmes it is building an evidence base for change; highlighting current and emerging good practice internationally and sharing use cases to encourage the adoption of digital approaches.