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Centre for Digital Built Britain


This Workshop will bring together a community interested in the research to be done around enhancing the performance of built assets and the services that depend upon them by better use of data. It will include a series of workshops in order to support the creation of networks to explore the current and needed capabilities of the UK in moving towards DBB.

[Expression of Interest] - if you are unable to make the date, but still interested in the network development please complete this form and state you are unable to attend in the workshop suggestions field.

In future work, CDBB will be commissioning research to underpin the development of capabilities needed to embrace DBB and we envisage that the networks will be a key mechanism to allow partners to offer the multidisciplinary perspectives that will be essential for this work. This event will bring together a wide range of interested people to join exploratory workshops and plenary sessions to help us to understand the research and capabilities landscape.  It will also be an opportunity to meet others to discuss collaborative work.

At the Workshop we will be issuing formal calls for bids for Networks to add detail to the landscapes and to identify research needs.  You may wish to begin discussing network opportunities now because the timescales for formal submissions will be, unfortunately, quite tight. In the longer term we hope to put out calls for collaborative research to build insight and capability. 

The details of the contractual structures around the networks will be announced at the conference. Note specifically that participation in, or leadership of network bids will be welcome from people who couldn’t attend the conference or its workshops.

We remain keen to hear of your areas of interest, independently of the conference, the workshops and networks, and we will keep you informed as the Centre and its activities unfold.

Research Landscape Work Streams

Within the Workshop will be parallel work streams about specific topics of relevance to Digital Built Britain. These work streams will help us to paint of picture of the research landscape today, current capabilities and future research topics.  (We will use the expressions of interest to optimise work stream scheduling.)

We envisage work streams on the following topics, though details may vary as planning proceeds:

  • Identifying and specifying how users and other stakeholders can articulate and then realise value from DBB: 
    • If DBB is intended to provide an integrative framework between built assets and services which depend upon them, how will the end beneficiaries (and service commissioners) articulate the benefits, make trade-offs between them, then specify outcomes sought and the outputs required from DBB?
  • Research needs in policy, regulation, law and finance to support the effective operation and integration of services and the built environment to best provide benefits to end users: 
    • As we move from Level 2 BIM, what capabilities will be needed in the underpinning policy, legal and regulatory frameworks (including standards-making frameworks), in business and financial models and vehicles, and in contractual creation and management of assets and service?
  • Research needs for Data management, data analysis and interpretation and exploitation in the design, delivery and use of the built environment (this may need to be split into two elements; acquisition, curation and interoperability, and analysis, sensemaking and decision support: 
    • What are the issues and required capabilities in managing, curating and ensuring the transferability of the range of data types envisaged, and in ensuring interoperability through the supply chain to end users and, especially to address those issues as we envisage the integration between built assets and the services they support and enable?
    • What are the issues and required capabilities in analysing, understanding the implications of, and extracting value from the data, through the life of the built assets and across the range of services?
  • Research needs when manufacturing meets construction in DBB: 
    • What capabilities are needed to fully exploit the opportunities of using manufacturing philosophies and methods in the delivery, operation and integration of built assets and the services they support and enable?
  • Research needs to deliver emergent integrated system attributes of availability, resilience, security and others from complex systems of infrastructure, built assets and associated services: 
    • As we move towards tighter integration of infrastructure, built assets and services, what capabilities will be needed to deliver, operate and integrate them in ways that ensure they cost-effectively deliver intended outcomes in the face of uncertainty and disruption?
  • Research needs in interoperability and interfaces in DBB: 
    • As we move from delivery to operation and to integration of infrastructure, built assets and services, what capabilities will be needed in the definition, procurement, management, integration and optimisation of the interoperability of elements and stakeholders of the whole system? This will need to include the social and cultural issues along and between supply chains as well as data platforms and tools.
  • Research needs in service specification, service design and service delivery in the context of DBB assets: 
    • In a world of integrated delivery and operation of services and built assets, what capabilities will be needed to specify, design, deliver, operate and integrate services and assets?
  • Research needs in exploring the interactions between DBB and an ever-changing context of external drivers: 
    • For assets and infrastructure with long development and service lives, what will we need to understand and what capabilities must we develop in the face of changing climate, cultural, social and demographics drivers.

The need for other workshops may emerge as we explore these domains.

The workshops will review topics of relevance to DBB and begin to:

  • Identify research centres of competence and insight
  • Identify resources that are available to practitioners (websites, guides, tools, data sets) today
  • Identify future research needs and comment on interactions and their priorities

Later in the CDBB programme we envisage ‘integrative workshops’ to assemble bigger pictures in the light of what we learn.

The programme for the Workshop will be publicised as soon as possible.

With your permission, at the workshop (only) we will publish your name, affiliation and areas of research interest to facilitate the creation of networks and the enrolment of partners.

We remain keen to hear of your areas of interest, independently of the workshop, the work streams and networks, and we will keep you informed as the Centre and its activities unfold.


If you are interested in attending this event please complete this Expression of Interest form, and we will contact you with more details of how to register.

Tuesday, 10 April, 2018 - 21:00 to Wednesday, 11 April, 2018 - 16:30
Contact name: 
Amelia Burnett
Contact email: 
Contact phone: 
01223 760091
Event location: 
Moller Centre, Cambridge