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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

As part of CDBB Week this day will showcase the Research work of CDBB.

CDBB Week will consist of digital and in-person events that will bring together various stakeholders in the Centre’s wide-ranging networks in order to showcase work towards a shared vision of digital transformation in the built environment.  

Part of CDBB Week, booking has now opened for the CDBB Summer Research Showcase, on 12 September. This booked up quickly last year, so reserve your place soon! The Summer Research Showcase will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet and engage with researchers in CDBB’s national academic network, as well as highlight CDBB’s critical contribution to academia and in providing the evidence base needed for the digital transformation of the built environment. The Summer Research Showcase will consist of:

  • Keynote presentations from CDBB’s academic leadership, including discussions on the next phase of CDBB research as part of the Construction Innovation Hub
  • 'Pecha Kucha’ style presentations from CDBB’s Early Career Researchers, PIs from the General Research Projects and Networks, including key findings from these CDBB-funded projects
  • Networking opportunities with key stakeholders from CDBB’s policy, industry and academic networks
10:30 - 11:00  Arrivals, refreshments
11:00 - 11:05 CDBB Executive Director, Alexandra Bolton: Introduction to the day
11:05 - 11:30

KEYNOTE - Paul Clarke, Chief Technology Officer, Ocado

‘Where Physical and Digital Worlds Collide’

11:30 - 11:40  CDBB Director, Prof. Andy Neely: 2019 Update
11:40 - 12:30 CDBB ECR presentations (x10)
12:30 - 12:40 Q&A for ECRs
12.40 – 13.20  Lunch & posters 
13:20 - 13:25 Alexandra Bolton: welcome back
13:25 - 14:00 CDBB General Project presentations (x7)
14:00 - 14.10 Q&A for General Project presenters
14:10 - 14:40 CDBB Networks (x6)
14:40 - 14:50 Q&A for Network presenters
14.50 – 15.00 Presentation on the Wider Cambridge Community
15:00 - 16:00 Posters, refreshments, networking

Reserve you place

Full Programme for the day:




Arrivals, refreshments


CDBB Executive Director: Alexandra Bolton, University of Cambridge
Introduction to the day


Keynote - Paul Clarke, Chief Technology Officer at Ocado, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer
'Where Physical and Digital Worlds Collide'


CDBB Director: Prof. Andy Neely, University of Cambridge
What’s been going on since last year’s Showcase


Early Career Researcher Presentations:


Dr Franziska Sielker, University of Cambridge
'Future Cities in the making – overcoming barriers to information modelling in socially responsible cities'


Dr Li Wan, University of Cambridge
'A digital twin prototype for journeys to work in Cambridge


Dr Timea Nochta, University of Cambridge
'The local governance of digital technology – implications for the cityscale digital twin'


Dr Zaid Alwan, Northumbria University
'Digital Energy Estimation Tool (DEET)'


Kathryn Muir, University of Cambridge (presented by Dr Gemma Burgess)
'Explore the use, uptake and barriers of digital technology in shared housing'


Dr Algan Tezel, University of Huddersfield
'Toward Blockchain – enabled construction supply chains: Potential, requirements and implementation'


Dr Amanda Prorok, University of Cambridge
'Evolving Built Environments and Mobile Autonomy for Future Transport and Mobilty'


Dr Shan Luo, University of Liverpool
'Aerial swarm robotics for active inspection of bridges'


Dr Karen Blay, Loughborough University
'Information Resilience – exploring ways to leverage data and information to deliver a digital built Britain'


Dr Isolda Agusti Juan, BRE (formerly UCL)
'From Norm to Swarm: development of a balanced scorecard for evaluating automation in construction'

12.30-12.40  Q&A for Early Career Researchers




Alexandra Bolton: welcome back




Prof. Jennifer Whyte, Imperial College (presented by Dr Long Chen)
'Analysing Systems Interdependencies using a Digital Twin'


Dr Jan Böhm, UCL
'Open ML Training Data For Visual Tagging Of Construction-specific Objects (ConTag)'


Dr Ying Jin, University of Cambridge
'Digital Modelling of the Evolution of the Built Form in Britain'


Dr Ruchi Choudhary, University of Cambridge
'Energy Planning for Resilient Decarbonization'


Prof. Patricia Tzortzopoulos, University of Huddersfield
'Recommendations for Automated Checking of Regulations and Requirements Management in Healthcare Design'


Prof. Claudia Eckert, The Open University
'Immediate (Integrated Management of Margins through Evaluation, DesIgn, Analysis, Tracking and nEgotiation)'


Dr Ges Rosenberg, University of Bristol
'Co-Creating a City-Scale Digital Strategy and Framework: A Systems and Co-production Approach'

14.00-14.10 Q&A for General Research Project presenters


Presentations from the 2018 funded Networks:


Dr Tom Beach, Cardiff University
'D-COM: Digitisation of Requirements, Regulations and Compliance Checking Processes in the Built Environment'


Dr Gemma Burgess, University of Cambridge
'Housing Digital Built Britain'


Dr Manuel Davila Delgado, UWE Bristol
'Vision Network: Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality for Digital Built Britain'


Prof. Jason Underwood, University of Salford (presented by Mark Shelbourn)
'Pedagogy and Upskilling'


Dr Chris Dent, University of Edinburgh and Alan Turing Institute
'Methodologies for Planning Complex Infrastructure under Uncertainty'


Peter Demian, Loughborough University
'Network FOuNTAIN: Network For ONTologies And Information maNagement in Digital Built Britain'

14.40-14.50 Q&A for Network Presenters


Presentation on the Wider Cambridge Community


Closing Remarks


Posters, refreshments, networking

Thursday, 12 September, 2019 - 10:30 to 16:00
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Event location: 
St Catharine's College, Cambridge