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Dr Barry Blackwell

Dr Barry Blackwell

Government Liaison

Head of Digital & Data Transformation – Construction and Built Environment, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


BEIS lead policy official for Building information Modelling (BIM),  ‘Digital and Data Manufactured Construction’ and associated applications in the Built Environment.  Has led the BIM programme for the Department since the development of the original Departmental BIM strategy (widely referred to as the ‘BIS BIM Strategy’) in 2010,  oversaw the BIM Level 2 programme 2011-2016 now the Departmental client for the Level 3 grant programme. Founder member of the EU BIM Task Group and acting as secretariat to support their work (granted funded by the EU).  Now acting as the ‘bridge’ between BEIS and the Centre for Digital Built Britain at the University of Cambridge as part of Government’s wider commitment to the programme and to assist in fostering policy alignment with emerging technical developments in this area. A background in geological sciences and industrial mineralogy (MSc) with an early career at the Building Research Establishment, Garston moving to DTI in 2000 to lead ‘lean and offsite construction’  programmes  which increasingly incorporated ‘Digital’.   Also a Member of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS).

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

Upcoming events