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Dr Barry Blackwell


BEIS lead policy official for Building information Modelling (BIM),  ‘Digital and 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 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.