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Guest Blog on Virtual Reality Technology and Education

Guest Blog on Virtual Reality Technology and Education

A collaborative project between Stanford University, in the US, and the University of Cambridge is combining Virtual Reality technology and education to bring the outside world to children who are not able to experience it. Kathy Ho, a teacher at the Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Gemma Gordon, a Research Associate at the Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology, and Anil Madhavapeddy, Lecturer at the Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology are looking to the future through Imagine.

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Seven common challenges facing governments when introducing BIM

Seven common challenges facing governments when introducing BIM

The experience of progressing BIM as a national digitalisation strategy while working with countries globally to secure a common approach to BIM has generated a diverse range of practical understanding. Adam Matthews, lead for CDBB International, reflects on this experience and sets out seven ‘big questions’ for national BIM programmes.

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CDBB Blog November 2018 Alexandra Bolton

CDBB Blog November 2018 Alexandra Bolton

In her monthly roundup, Alexandra Bolton, Deputy Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain, updates on the Centre’s latest activities.

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Blog by Jaimie Johnston considers the potential of technology to enhance creativity in architecture

Blog by Jaimie Johnston considers the potential of technology to enhance creativity in architecture

The recent announcement by Housing Secretary James Brokenshire (MP) to launch the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission puts quality and aesthetics on the construction agenda. Jaimie Johnston, Director and Head of Global Systems at the integrated design and operations consultancy Bryden Wood considers the potential of technology to enhance creativity.

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Guest Blog: Professor Lord Robert Mair reflects on the achievements of civil engineering

Guest Blog: Professor Lord Robert Mair reflects on the achievements of civil engineering

As his presidential year for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) draws to a close, Professor Lord Robert Mair, head of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at the University of Cambridge, sets his sights on the role of civil engineering to help address global challenges in the digital age.

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Blog from Alexandra Bolton on this months CDBB activities

Blog from Alexandra Bolton on this months CDBB activities

Alexandra Bolton, Deputy Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain, gives an update of the latest CDBB activity and looks forward to upcoming events and announcements.

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Blog: Security and a digital built Britain

Blog: Security and a digital built Britain

Ahead of the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) and Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC)-hosted ‘Security-Mindedness for Smart Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities’ event on 1 November, Alexandra Luck, security project manager for CDBB, sets out how a security-minded approach is central to the CDBB programme and the operation and integration of assets and environments.

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International Blog - DIT/BEIS Event 10 October 2018

International Blog - DIT/BEIS Event 10 October 2018

The trade opportunities arising from the international adoption of BIM standards being pioneered in the UK was the focus of a Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for International Trade (DIT) event in collaboration with the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB). Adam Matthews, lead for CDBB International reflects on growing opportunities for UK export trade.

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Blog: Guest Blog on Sustainable Buildings by Dr Alice Moncaster

Blog: Guest Blog on Sustainable Buildings by Dr Alice Moncaster

Dr Alice Moncaster, Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering & Innovation at the Open University and Visiting Fellow at the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge considers how increasing digitisation will make buildings more sustainable.

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Blog: Alexandra Bolton tells us the latest news from CDBB

Blog: Alexandra Bolton tells us the latest news from CDBB

In her monthly CDBB round-up Alexandra Bolton, Deputy Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain offers an update on some of the events and activities that have been underway this month.

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Blog: Challenges and Opportunities of Data in Construction and Infrastructure by Jennifer Schooling

Blog: Challenges and Opportunities of Data in Construction and Infrastructure by Jennifer Schooling

While the construction and infrastructure sector generates huge amounts of data the full value of that data is yet to be realised. Dr Jennifer Schooling, Chair of the Research Strategy Steering Group at the Centre for Digital Built Britain considers the opportunities and challenges ahead.

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Guest International Blog: David Miller Architects - BIM Opens Doors in Chile

Guest International Blog: David Miller Architects - BIM Opens Doors in Chile

Guest international blog by David Miller Architects, reflecting on their work with Chile and collaboration with CDBB's Adam Matthews, who has been a key player in the promotion of the UK’s BIM expertise to various countries around the world and has been particularly active in Chile.

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Blog: BIM Programme Update

Blog: BIM Programme Update

This week the CDBB Home Nations Working Group [HNWG] meeting will be hosted in Northern Ireland, bringing together the four national BIM programmes with the purpose of developing consistency of messaging and promoting a shared understanding of the value proposition afforded by a co-ordinated approach to a digitised UK built environment. BIM Communications Manager David Philp updates on what to expect.

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Guest Blog: Sam Williams discusses the benefits of child-friendly urban planning

Guest Blog: Sam Williams discusses the benefits of child-friendly urban planning

Arup’s report Cities Alive: Designing for urban childhoods (December 2017) presents the inclusive benefits of taking a child-friendly approach to urban planning. Sam Williams, part of the multi-disciplinary Operations Consulting team at Arup and one of the report’s authors, explores the built environment from a child’s perspective.

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Blog: Alexandra Bolton on CDBB's new funding opportunities

Blog: Alexandra Bolton on CDBB's new funding opportunities

Following the announcement of three new funding opportunities at the CDBB Summer Showcase Event, Alexandra Bolton, Deputy Director of the Centre, looks forward to receiving bids for the new calls.

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ICE Blog: Data - an untapped goldmine for productivity?

ICE Blog: Data - an untapped goldmine for productivity?

How can the infrastructure sector capitalise on the data opportunity? Ahead of the Shaping a Digital World event on 25 September, the Institution of Civil Engineers held a joint roundtable with construction sector advisors Invennt to explore the actions required.

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Blog from Amelia Burnett on the Engagement Programme

Blog from Amelia Burnett on the Engagement Programme

The Centre for Digital Built Britain’s (CDBB) engagement programme works across research, industry and policy to champion digital transformation. Amelia Burnett, Head of Engagement for CDBB, heralds the change.

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Guest Blog from Professor Gillian Rose who provides a social geography perspective

Guest Blog from Professor Gillian Rose who provides a social geography perspective

The CDBB programme is actively multi-disciplinary to engage with ideas and perspectives beyond digital technology and construction. Gillian Rose, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford, and a member of the CDBB Expert Research Panel, considers the digital built environment through the lens of social geography.

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Blog: International Update - UK Government’s Prosperity Funded Global Infrastructure Programme

Blog: International Update - UK Government’s Prosperity Funded Global Infrastructure Programme

Adam Matthews, lead of the Centre for Digital Built Britain’s International Programme, discusses the benefits of the UK Government’s Prosperity funded Global Infrastructure Programme for partner countries and the UK.

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Blog: Alexandra Bolton and data-informed opportunities

Blog: Alexandra Bolton and data-informed opportunities

Following the Government’s response to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) report Data for the Public Good that tasks CDBB with forming the Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG), Alexandra Bolton, Deputy Director of the Centre, looks forward to data-informed opportunities ahead.

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Blog: Mark Enzer, Chair of the Digital Framework Task Group

Blog: Mark Enzer, Chair of the Digital Framework Task Group

Government confirmation that the Centre for Digital Built Britain will form a Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) to guide the development and adoption of a digital framework for infrastructure data is good news. Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer for Mott MacDonald, and Chair of the DFTG, sets out a view of the way forward for Digital Transformation in the UK’s infrastructure industry.

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Guest Blog: Mark Harvey from DFID discusses new technologies and developing countries

Guest Blog: Mark Harvey from DFID discusses new technologies and developing countries

Mark Harvey, Head of Profession (Infrastructure) at the Department for International Development (DFID), reflects on how new technologies are driving positive change in developing countries.

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Blog: Alexandra Bolton on the recent launch of the Global Infrastructure Programme

Blog: Alexandra Bolton on the recent launch of the Global Infrastructure Programme

This month Alexandra updates on current research funding, a new tender and the work of the international team, including the recently launched Global Infrastructure Programme, which is part of the Government’s Prosperity Fund.

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Blog: International - Estonian Delegation Visits Cambridge

Blog: International - Estonian Delegation Visits Cambridge

Hosting visiting delegations to the UK is an important part of the CDBB International Programme providing a significant opportunity for valuable knowledge exchange. Richard Lane, International Programme Manager reflects on the success of the recent Estonian Digital Construction Cluster Study Visit.

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Blog - Andrew Robinson on the Level 2 Convergence Programme

Blog - Andrew Robinson on the Level 2 Convergence Programme

Dr Andrew Robinson is a co-founder and partner of Urban Innovation Labs, the organisation commissioned by the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to report on the Level 2 Convergence (L2C) programme. In this blog Andy explains the importance of L2C in leveraging the full value of a digital built Britain.

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Blog - Roma Agrawal - The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures

Blog - Roma Agrawal - The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures

Author of 'Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures', structural engineer at AECOM and champion of engineering as a career, Roma Agrawal proposes a skills manifesto to deliver our digital-built future.

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Blog - Alexandra Bolton gives an update to CDBB activities

Blog - Alexandra Bolton gives an update to CDBB activities

Alexandra Bolton, Deputy Director of CDBB, prepares to reveal the successful Network Bid applications and announces a diary date for the forthcoming CDBB Pecha Kucha Lunch event.

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Blog from the CDBB Level 2 team

Blog from the CDBB Level 2 team

The Centre’s BIM Level Two programme for 2018/19 brings focus to supporting current best practice and guiding growth towards a digitally built and operated Britain. Ahead of publication of new international standards, Terry Stocks, Head of the UK BIM L2 programme and Dave Philp, BIM L2 Communications Manager, report on progress and future plans.

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International Blog: Achievements of the European Programme

International Blog: Achievements of the European Programme

In this month’s blog Richard Lane, Programme Manager for the EU BIM Task Group and Delivery Manager for the CDBB International Programme, reflects on the achievements of the European programme to date and looks forward to the next phase.

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Guest Blog - Dr Jacqui Taylor - FlyingBinary

Guest Blog - Dr Jacqui Taylor - FlyingBinary

In this month’s guest blog Dr Jacqui Taylor, CEO and co-founder of FlyingBinary, a company recognised as one of the 20 global Internet of Things (IoT) companies building capacity for Society 5.0 in 2018, articulates how a digital built Britain can deliver Society 5.0 for the UK.

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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

Workshop related to the D-COM Network.

Dec 17, 2018

Birmingham

BIM 4 Clients

Jan 16, 2019

Institution of Engineering and Technology 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL

Upcoming events