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Blog: Professor Mark Girolami on joining CDBB

Blog: Professor Mark Girolami on joining CDBB

In his new role as academic lead for CDBB, Professor Mark Girolami looks forward to building on, developing and delivering the Centre’s vision for a digital built Britain.

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Blog: DT Hub Steering Group Chair - Samuel Chorlton

Blog: DT Hub Steering Group Chair - Samuel Chorlton

Following the publication of the Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) Roadmap, the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) is launching the Digital Twin Hub (DT Hub), a collaborative and learning community for those who own or develop Digital Twins. Samuel Chorlton, lead for the Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI) and Chair of the Steering Group that will establish the DT Hub, sets out some of the challenges and opportunities.

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Blog: Keith Waller on CDBB's Role in the Construction Innovation Hub

Blog: Keith Waller on CDBB's Role in the Construction Innovation Hub

Following the official launch of the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH), Programme Director, Keith Waller sets out the collaborative vision for transforming the UK construction sector.

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Blog from Alexandra Bolton

Blog from Alexandra Bolton

In her monthly round-up of the latest CDBB activities, Deputy Director Alexandra Bolton welcomes the forthcoming publication of the Digital Framework Task Group Roadmap and the official launch of the Construction Innovation Hub at Futurebuild.

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Blog: Digitalisation of Construction for a Young Audience - come to Cambridge Science Festival!

Blog: Digitalisation of Construction for a Young Audience - come to Cambridge Science Festival!

Ahead of CDBB’s inaugural event at the Cambridge Science Festival, and an appearance on BBC Click, Thayla Zomer, a researcher at CDBB, explains the digitalisation of construction to a young audience.

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Guest Blog from Vicki Holmes

Guest Blog from Vicki Holmes

Digital transformation brings opportunity as well as challenge, says Vicki Holmes, Digital Manager at Multiplex and Women in BIM core team member. In this guest blog Vicki makes the case for diversifying to digitalise.

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Blog from Alexandra Bolton

Blog from Alexandra Bolton

In her monthly round-up of activities at the Centre for Digital Built Britain, Alexandra Bolton, Deputy Director at CDBB, welcomes the latest report from the National Infrastructure Commission and looks forward to talking digital transformation at FutureBuild.

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Blog: Find out about the future of construction at this year's Cambridge Science Festival

Blog: Find out about the future of construction at this year's Cambridge Science Festival

Dr Kate Parsley, Head of Engagement (maternity cover), reports on CDBB's preparations for Cambridge Science Festival - at the Maxwell Centre, Cambridge at 1.30-4.30 on Saturday 23 March 2019.

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International Blog - Collaboration in Uruguay

International Blog - Collaboration in Uruguay

The CDBB International programme engages with countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia, North America and Africa. Adam Matthews, head of the International team, reports on the latest collaboration in Uruguay.

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Guest Blog from Anne Kemp on the UK BIM journey to date

Guest Blog from Anne Kemp on the UK BIM journey to date

Following the British Standards Institution (BSI) launch event marking the publication of the BS EN ISO 19650 documents, National Annex and Transition Guidance, Dr Anne Kemp, BIM Strategy & Development Director, Atkins and Chair of UK BIM Alliance sets out the UK BIM journey to date and invites input and support.

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Blog from Fiona Moore - CDBB's BIM Programme Manager

Blog from Fiona Moore - CDBB's BIM Programme Manager

In this month’s blog we hear from Fiona Moore, CDBB’s BIM Programme Manager, who discusses her thoughts on the importance of BIM in construction and how a change management approach can be key in making progress and releasing the benefits of BIM. Fiona also reports on progress to date of the CDBB and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) programme of ‘roundtable’ discussions, with the aim of gaining improved understanding of progress to date towards achieving BIM Level 2 as business as usual and what still remains to be achieved.

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Blog from Alexandra Bolton on the work of the DTFG

Blog from Alexandra Bolton on the work of the DTFG

Following the formation of the Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) Alexandra Bolton, Deputy Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain, sets out the next steps in defining the Information Management Framework for a digital built Britain.

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Blog: International - India-UK Tech Festival

Blog: International - India-UK Tech Festival

Adam Matthews, CDBB’s Head of International, reflects on the success of the India-UK Future Tech Festival and looks forward to working bilaterally with India to promote high-tech digital construction.

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Guest Blog from Dr Alan Hore, CitA and the case for digital

Guest Blog from Dr Alan Hore, CitA and the case for digital

The Construction IT Alliance (CitA) supports the Irish construction sector to take full advantage of current and emerging information and communications technologies. Dr Alan Hore, Co-Founder of CitA and Head of Quantity Surveying at Dublin Institute of Technology, sets out the case for the transition to digital.

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Blog: Alexandra Bolton rounds off the year!

Blog: Alexandra Bolton rounds off the year!

To coincide with the publication of the Centre for Digital Built Britain’s ‘Year One: Towards a digital built Britain’ report, Alexandra Bolton, Deputy Director of CDBB, reflects on the digital journey to date and looks ahead to 2019.

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Blog: Thayla Zomer discusses the University of Cambridge BIM Journey

Blog: Thayla Zomer discusses the University of Cambridge BIM Journey

The University of Cambridge is creating a digital estate and delivering fully integrated BIM across design, construction and facilities management. Thayla Zomer, a PhD student at the Centre for Digital Built Britain investigating practices that influence the successful execution and completion of BIM projects, sets out the University’s digital journey.

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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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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.