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Network - FOuNTAIN

The Network FOuNTAIN’s vision is for all stakeholders in Digital Built Britain (DBB) to be able to meet their information needs. With the establishment of concepts such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Common Data Environments (CDE), built environment design, construction and operation are becoming increasingly information-intensive.

For stakeholders to meet their information needs is increasingly like finding the proverbial “needle in a haystack”.  That can be even more challenging if one is unaware that one is looking for a needle, one is unfamiliar with how the haystack is structured or it is not structured at all!  

The Network will simultaneously consider the following three dimensions:

(1) the lifecycle of information, from its creation, delivery, capture, preservation, management, automation, retrieval, and reuse;

(2) the whole and extended asset lifecycle from concept design, through operation, to service delivery and use;

(3) increasing asset scale ranging from a single asset to an entire neighbourhood or city. 

The Network will adopt a user-centred approach, placing the user of information at the centre, and considering multiple modes of interacting with information, from search and retrieval to browsing and exploration. 

Members of Network FOuNTAIN will hold workshops to:

(1) Scope out the issue of information management in Digital Built Britain;

(2) Explore ontologies to extract information from data;

(3) Catalogue the types of information to be managed in Digital Built Britain;

(4) Specify software requirements for tools to manage this information (whether searching, browsing or having information “pushed” to the user);

(5) formulate business models to operationalise these information management tools and processes. 

As information management is a pervasive issue, the network hopes to interact closely with the other networks of the CDBB.  The proposing team comprises academics, practitioners and policy stakeholders; we welcome interest and engagement from the wider community and look forward to seeking you at our workshops.   

For more information and to keep up to date with Network Fountain, please contact Dr Peter Demian. 

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.