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Centre for Digital Built Britain completed its five-year mission and closed its doors at the end of September 2022

This website remains as a legacy of the achievements of our five-year foundational journey towards a digital built Britain

The Centre for Digital Built Britain has published one of the key deliverables of the DFTG: The Roadmap to the Information Management Framework for the Built Environment (the Framework), that will enable the development of the National Digital Twin (NDT).

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The Roadmap is intended to set out how the Framework should be delivered.  In particular, it shows how the key building blocks of the Framework will fit together to enable effective information management across the built environment. 

Enablers of NDT

Figure 1: Enablers of the NDT

Delivering the Framework is a considerable challenge and requires industry alignment and a number of key issues to be addressed. In order to make the delivery of the Framework more manageable, the Roadmap has been broken down into five streams of interconnected components. 

The Roadmap includes a description of what each component is, descriptions of what needs to be done to put each component in place, their dependencies and timescales, the outline of the costs, and an indication of the relevant stakeholders. Put simply, the Roadmap shows the prioritised route for the delivery of the Framework. The Gemini Principles and the Roadmap form the two key enablers for the delivery of the NDT 

Click on the roadmap image below and download the interactive pdf (the interactive features work best in Adobe). 

DFTG Interactive Roadmap

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Key streams of the roadmap:

Approach stream

To set up coordinated and aligned activity across the whole NDT programme which will deliver the framework and the benefits of effective information management in the built environment.

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Approach Stream Lead, Miranda Sharp, Ordnance Survey  


Governance stream

To establish the structures and processes for managing the framework through three phases of development, adoption and (sector specific) ongoing oversight.

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Governance Stream Lead, Paul Campion, TRL

The Commons stream

To develop the necessary support for effective information management via guidance, specifications and standards​. Taking a “minimum viable” approach to the development of national-level framework resource for effective information management in the built environment​.

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The Commons Stream Lead, James Hetherington, Alan Turing Institute 


Enablers stream

Designing and delivering a prioritised and proactive programme enable the changes required for the adoption of the information management framework and compliant digital twins.

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Enablers Stream Lead, to be announced soon.


Change Stream

To facilitate adoption of the framework across the whole ecosystem of the built environment, particularly amongst the early adopters and early majority of both twins and the framework.

Change Stream Lead Nicola Pearson, CDBB


Digital Framework Task Group 

The Centre for Digital Built Britain’s Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) was launched by HM Treasury in July 2018. It reports to HM Government through the CDBB Strategic Advisory Board. The overarching purpose of the DFTG is to steer and guide the successful development and adoption of the “Information Management Framework for the Built Environment”.  

The creation of the framework forms an integral part of HM Government’s modern Industrial Strategy and Construction Sector Deal. The framework will establish the building blocks to enable effective information management across the built environment and will pave the way for the development of the national digital twin. The DFTG is made up of senior leaders within the landscape and is chaired by Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer of Mott MacDonald. 


  • Digital twin - A realistic digital representation of something physical. 

  • National digital twin - An ecosystem of digital twins connected via securely shared data. 

  • Information management framework - Enabling effective information management across the built environment. 

  • Gemini Principles - Values to guide the development and use of the information management framework and the NDT. 

With thanks to members of the Roadmap Working Group:
Mark Enzer (Chair) Mott MacDonald
Alexandra Bolton Centre for Digital Built Britain
Charles Boulton Independent Consultant
Dan Byles Living PlanIT
Al Cook Independent Consultant
Leigh Dodds Open Data Institute
Peter El Hajj Mott MacDonald 
Emily Keaney UK Regulators’ Network
Anne Kemp Atkins/UK BIM Alliance/BuildingSMART
Chara Makri Centre for Digital Built Britain
Seema Mistry FCA
Richard Mortier Centre for Digital Built Britain
Sarah Rock Gowling WLG/BIM4Legal
Jennifer Schooling Centre for Digital Built Britain
Simon Scott KBR
Miranda Sharp Ordnance Survey/Geo6
Matthew West Independent Consultant
May Winfield ENGIE/BIM4Legal

Citation for the Roadmap:

Enzer, M., Bolton, A., Boulton, C., Byles, D., Cook, A., Dobbs, L., Keaney, E., et al. (2019). Roadmap for delivering the information management framework for the built environment. [Webpages].