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Read more at: Thought Leadership: Taking a stepped approach to digital adoption in the Local Authority Sector

Thought Leadership: Taking a stepped approach to digital adoption in the Local Authority Sector

31 March 2022

Executive Summary Our world is changing: the way local authorities provide products and services, as well as people’s expectations of how they are delivered, are changing. Finances and resources are, and will be, increasingly stretched. This leads to a growing tension that can lead to dissatisfaction, defection and...


Read more at: Digital Twin Journeys: the end of the road, or just the beginning?

Digital Twin Journeys: the end of the road, or just the beginning?

29 March 2022

The Digital Twin Journeys workstream has taken world leading research and turned it into accessible and useful information to enable those who are just starting out on their digital twin journeys to get ahead. We have learnt about more than just innovative technologies and dtj_final_thumbnail.jpg their implementation, we...


Read more at: Digital Twin Journeys: Teaching a Computer to See
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Digital Twin Journeys: Teaching a Computer to See

25 March 2022

To asset owners and managers, understanding how people move through and use the built environment is a high priority, enabling better, more user-focused decisions. However, many of the methods for getting these insights can feel invasive to users of the built environment. The latest output from Digital Twin Journeys looks...


Read more at: Driving the digital transformation of the construction sector
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Driving the digital transformation of the construction sector

23 March 2022

Launched today (23 March) our Information Management Roadmap is designed to set out on one page how we are driving the digital transformation of the construction sector and contributing to the achievement of the Transforming Construction Challenge outcomes. With links to a selection of the key tools, reports produced and...


Read more at: A new Information Requirements Tool for the Information Management Community

A new Information Requirements Tool for the Information Management Community

18 March 2022

The Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub) is launching a new Information Requirements tool to support client information managers in defining organisation, asset and project information requirements. The tool leverages data in the Open Information Hub, an open source repository for the information management community to...


Read more at: Our Artefacts Our Stories

Our Artefacts Our Stories

16 March 2022

This physical and digital book celebrates the extraordinary progress we have made with our partners in industry, academia and government in creating a solid foundation for a digital built Britain. CDBB’s overarching role was to bring people together, to convene, connect and coordinate across the whole of the built...


Read more at: Gemini Papers

Gemini Papers

10 March 2022

The Gemini Papers set the Centre for Digital Built Britain’s vision for the future, showcasing the vital role that connected digital twins play in improving social, economic, and environmental outcomes, to create a better quality of life for all. Driven by the Gemini Principles of purpose, trust and function, the papers...


Read more at: Thought leadership paper: Impacts and benefits to adopting TIP (2030), Value Toolkit and Construction Playbook for

Thought leadership paper: Impacts and benefits to adopting TIP (2030), Value Toolkit and Construction Playbook for

10 February 2022

Impacts and benefits of incorporating the TIP Roadmap (2030), Construction Playbook and Value Toolkit for Local Authorities Executive Summary The UK Government has developed or supported three key documents and productivity initiatives that are covered in this paper. The Transforming Infrastructure Performance Roadmap to...


Read more at: Digitising Scotland's Healthcare Estate

Digitising Scotland's Healthcare Estate

13 December 2021

The Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub) is working with NHS Scotland to accelerate the digitisation of Scotland’s healthcare estate. As one of the largest estates in the UK, with thousands of assets and properties, NHS Scotland is transforming the way it manages data across the 14 territorial Health Boards and eight...


Read more at: Applying Government Soft Landings and delivering the golden thread of data in a local authority context

Applying Government Soft Landings and delivering the golden thread of data in a local authority context

16 November 2021

Executive Summary Local Authorities are under increasing pressure to deliver carbon reductions and improve local services in the face of increasing pressures on budgets. Local authorities also need to consider new and pending legislation that will impact asset owners including the Building Safety Bill, Fire Safety Bill and...


Read more at: A framework for the future

A framework for the future

3 November 2021

Embracing digital ways of working will transform how the built environment sector works, giving it the tools to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, including the climate crisis, a new framework developed by the Construction Innovation Hub has found. Published today (Wednesday 3 November) to coincide with the UN Climate...


Read more at: New Energy and Carbon Reporting Framework

New Energy and Carbon Reporting Framework

28 September 2021

Assessing the performance of a building or other asset during the procurement, design and construction phase remains a significant challenge for the industry and its operational energy use and emissions can come as a shock. New guidance published today from the Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub) responds to this...


Read more at: Developing Smart Standards

Developing Smart Standards

29 June 2021

A new proof-of-concept project, enabled by the Construction Innovation Hub, has investigated whether actionable tasks could be used to guide organisations in their implementation of the ISO 19650 series of standards . Information management compliant with ISO 19650 can provide a trustworthy digital record of information...


Read more at: The Value of Information Management in the Construction and Infrastructure Sector

The Value of Information Management in the Construction and Infrastructure Sector

16 June 2021

The Value of Information Management in the Construction and Infrastructure Sector , commissioned by the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) as a partner of the Construction Innovation Hub and produced by KPMG and Atkins, found evidence of strong organisational benefits that could be enabled by...


Read more at: Agile Standards - Making Excellence a Habit

Agile Standards - Making Excellence a Habit

9 June 2021

Ron Lang, Chief Technical Officer, Construction Innovation Hub W e have seen over the past year how the COVID-19 response has accelerated the speed and scale of digital transformation. One of the most striking developments is the huge momentum towards the adoption of digital twins in the built environment. It’s an...


Read more at: Press Release: Inspiring the next generation of construction industry leaders

Press Release: Inspiring the next generation of construction industry leaders

27 May 2021

The Construction Innovation Hub and Class Of Your Own (COYO), supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), are today releasing a new film Where it All Begins as part of a call on the construction industry to support them in attracting the brightest and best upcoming talent. The film offers an exciting view...


Read more at: Skills for the future

Skills for the future

19 May 2021

Realising the digital transformation of the built environment sector and the benefits of the National Digital Twin will rely on the workforce having the necessary skills. The NDTp Skills and Competency framework and supporting resources are designed to help organisations and individuals prepare for the future. The National...


Read more at: Blog: Digital twins and how the Hub’s new interactive guidance can help

Blog: Digital twins and how the Hub’s new interactive guidance can help

11 May 2021

The Construction Playbook (2020) highlights the need for appointing parties, such as asset owner clients, to further embed digital technologies and processes, especially the UK BIM Framework and digital twins, as a vehicle to improve the performance, sustainability and value for money of projects and programmes allowing...


Read more at: Industry unites behind Vision for the Built Environment

Industry unites behind Vision for the Built Environment

21 April 2021

screenshot_2021-04-21_at_14.20.53.png A bold new Vision for the Built Environment is published today (Thursday 22 April). With contributions from over 75 industry leaders and endorsed by more than 35 cross industry bodies spanning the UK built environment sector, the Vision describes the future we want: a built environment...


Read more at: DT Toolkit: Making the business case for a DT

DT Toolkit: Making the business case for a DT

25 February 2021

The Gemini Programme of the Centre for Digital Built Britian’s National Digital Twin programme (NDTp) have today released the Digital Twin (DT) Toolkit . This toolkit is a simple guide outlining the key areas of consideration in the approach to developing digital twins. The development of the DT Toolkit came as a response...


Read more at: Press Release: Explore the benefits for your business of interoperability

Press Release: Explore the benefits for your business of interoperability

25 February 2021

The Construction Innovation Hub’s new Information interoperability: business benefits case helps organisations to understand and unlock the benefits of information interoperability. Produced by the BIM Interoperability Expert Group the tool is easy to use to identify the specific business benefits by organisation type and...


Read more at: Publication: Four Futures One Choice

Publication: Four Futures One Choice

11 December 2020

fourfutures_onechoice_2020._png.png Four Futures, One Choice uses a futures thinking methodology to explore four scenarios for the digital built environment in the year 2040, hinging on the age demographics in the UK and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It demonstrates that a complex web of factors...


Read more at: Press Release: Construction in 2040: charting a course towards a digital, sustainable future

Press Release: Construction in 2040: charting a course towards a digital, sustainable future

5 November 2020

A new publication explores the actions that will need to be taken by the construction sector over the next 20 years if we are to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), deliver on carbon reduction targets and save ecosystems from collapse. Four Futures, One Choice which has been developed by the Centre for...


Read more at: Book: Four Futures - One Choice

Book: Four Futures - One Choice

4 November 2020

screenshot_2020-12-11_at_11.11.09.png Four Futures, One Choice provokes us with a future lens enabling us to view, with clarity and detail, four scenarios of what Britain could look like in 2040, depending upon the decisions that are made now, in these unprecedented times of opportunity. It presents us with four compelling...


Read more at: Press Release: Information Protocol to support BS EN ISO 19650-2 published today by the UK BIM Framework

Press Release: Information Protocol to support BS EN ISO 19650-2 published today by the UK BIM Framework

1 June 2020

BSI, the Centre for Digital Built Britain, the UK BIM Alliance and the Construction Industry Council today release the Information Protocol to support BS EN ISO 19650-2 the delivery phase. ➢ Information Protocol to support BS EN ISO 19650-2 The Information Protocol has been developed as part of the BS EN ISO 19650-2:2018...


Read more at: An Approach to Delivering a National Digital Twin for the United Kingdom

An Approach to Delivering a National Digital Twin for the United Kingdom

29 May 2020

The approach to delivering a National Digital Twin for the United Kingdom summary_tech_report_may29.jpg The approach to delivering a National Digital Twin for the United Kingdom outlines the National Digital Twin Programme’s progress to date, while looking ahead to the development of the Information Management Framework...


Read more at: The pathway towards an Information Management Framework - A ‘Commons’ for Digital Built Britain

The pathway towards an Information Management Framework - A ‘Commons’ for Digital Built Britain

20 May 2020

The Centre for Digital Built Britain’s National Digital Twin programme has launched an open consultation seeking feedback on the proposed approach to the development of an Information Management Framework for the built environment. pathway_to_imf_image.jpg A new report, The Pathway Towards an Information Management...


Read more at: Launch of Flourishing Systems paper calls for urgent change to re-envision infrastructure

Launch of Flourishing Systems paper calls for urgent change to re-envision infrastructure

14 May 2020

On May 12th, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) webinar launch of Flourishing Systems invited more than 100 industry representatives to heed the call to change the way we view and run our national infrastructure in the urgent context of socio-economic recovery from Covid-19 and challenges of climate change...


Read more at: ​Fourth Edition of Guidance Part 2: Processes for Project Delivery

​Fourth Edition of Guidance Part 2: Processes for Project Delivery

30 April 2020

The fourth edition of Guidance Part 2: Processes for Project Delivery has been published today by the UK BIM Framework. BSI, the Centre for Digital Built Britain and the UK BIM Alliance today release the fourth edition of Guidance Part 2: process for Project Delivery to help practitioners in the UK to implement building...


Read more at: BIM Interoperability Expert Group Report

BIM Interoperability Expert Group Report

16 April 2020

CDBB, a partner in the Construction Innovation Hub, has published The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Interoperability Report. It forms part of the Construction Innovation Hub’s work to grow the digital economy for the construction and infrastructure sector, and to develop and promote digital ways of working as...


Read more at: Research and Development Landscape Review

Research and Development Landscape Review

4 April 2020

screenshot_2020-06-18_at_17.09.03.png This review of CDBB funded literature revealed a wide array of tools - meaning digital technologies, processes and frameworks - at various stages of maturity, many of which could be transformative if they were widely adopted. However, there are barriers to this adoption in the level of...


Read more at: BIM Report on Evaluating Tools for Maturity and Benefits Measurement

BIM Report on Evaluating Tools for Maturity and Benefits Measurement

31 March 2020

In 2019, the Centre for Digital Built Britain, as part of the Construction Innovation Hub and in partnership with the UK BIM Alliance, commissioned a project to evaluate existing tools that assess BIM maturity and identify the benefits (return on investment) of using BIM in projects. The results of the research are...


Read more at: Government Soft landings Interactive Process Map

Government Soft landings Interactive Process Map

3 March 2020

Government Soft Landings (GSL) can play an important role in enabling a smooth transition from construction to operation. It also helps clients to assure the performance of an asset and inform future project performance setting. The development of this National Health Service Scotland (NHSS) interactive process map has...


Read more at: Becoming Digital: Enacting Digital Transformation in Construction Projects

Becoming Digital: Enacting Digital Transformation in Construction Projects

28 January 2020

Becoming Digital: Enacting Digital Transformation in Construction Projects cdbb_wp_040_thayla_zomer_imagex300.jpg Our January Monthly paper is a working paper by Thalya Zomer, Andy Neely, Ajith Parlikad and Veronica Martinez. The paper investigates the implementation of building information modelling (BIM) in construction...


Read more at: Principle-based digital twins: a scoping review

Principle-based digital twins: a scoping review

19 December 2019

GeminiPrinciplesimage.jpg To understand how transformative the Gemini Principles are to the development of digital twins, we looked at academic literature for any examples where digital twin implementations were based on similar precepts. The result is a light-touch scoping review on principle-based digital twins, now...


Read more at: High-level introduction and summary of the SFT BIM Return on Investment (ROI) Tool

High-level introduction and summary of the SFT BIM Return on Investment (ROI) Tool

18 December 2019

The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) lead the Scottish Building Information Modelling (BIM) programme at a national level on behalf of the Scottish Government; it has developed a suite of tools and guidance on its BIM Portal https://bimportal.scottishfuturestrust.org.uk/ . The portal and associated tools were developed to help...


Read more at: High-level introduction and summary of the SFT Infrastructure Technology Navigator

High-level introduction and summary of the SFT Infrastructure Technology Navigator

18 December 2019

The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) has developed an online toolkit designed to help the public sector to improve the performance of its built assets through the use of digital technologies. The site is available at: https://infratech.scottishfuturestrust.org.uk/ The technologies referenced within the site relate to those...


Read more at: Capability Framework and Research Agenda for a Digital Built Britain

Capability Framework and Research Agenda for a Digital Built Britain

2 August 2019

Capability Framework and Research Agenda One of the questions the Department for BEIS originally asked CDBB was - “ what do we need to do to build a digital built Britain”? We have since conducted roughly two years of work - with over 90 researchers in six research networks, four consultancy studies and a series of...


Read more at: Research Landscape: Scoping Review

Research Landscape: Scoping Review

25 June 2019

The June monthly paper, by Kirsten Lamb, outlines the digital built Britain research landscape by means of a scoping review and gap analysis. This has informed the Capability Framework and Research Landscape work being conducted by CDBB on identifying the research capabilities needed to create a digital built Britain...


Read more at: Press Release: Roadmap from the DFTG and launch of Digital Twin Hub
Press Release: Roadmap from the DFTG and launch of Digital Twin Hub

Press Release: Roadmap from the DFTG and launch of Digital Twin Hub

5 April 2019

The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) is delighted to publish the Roadmap - the next output of the Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG). The Roadmap sets out how the Information Management Framework for the built environment (the ‘Framework’) will be delivered, which in turn will enable the development of the National Digital Twin (NDT).


Read more at: Press Release: Principles to guide the development of the National Digital Twin released
Press Release: Principles to guide the development of the National Digital Twin released

Press Release: Principles to guide the development of the National Digital Twin released

6 December 2018

CDBB has published the first output of its Digital Framework Task Group, The Gemini Principles. The paper sets out proposed principles to guide the national digital twin and the information management framework that will enable it.