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CDBB responds to National Infrastructure Commission report - 'Data for Public Good'

The Centre for Digital Built Britain’s Response to the Nation Infrastructure Commission’s Data for Public Good Report

The newly announced Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) has been recognised by the National Infrastructure Commission as a leader in the national collaborative effort to realise the benefits of smart infrastructure through data sharing. The National Infrastructure Commission report, Data for the Public Good, released 14 December 2017, sets out a series of recommendations to be delivered under the leadership of CDBB.

The Commissioners recommend that CDBB lead collaborations to create a digital framework for infrastructure data, drawing together key organisations and existing industry and government initiatives to collaborate in developing standards and developing a culture of data sharing; and that CDBB work with the Alan Turing Institute and the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) in pioneering digital twin models with predictive capability in the UK.

 “While it is important to allow time for Government, industry and research institutions to digest the findings, our initial thoughts are that the report will be very much welcomed by infrastructure clients, constructors and operators as it clearly sets out the contribution that new technology can bring to improving productivity from our national infrastructure,” said Professor Andy Neely, Head of the Centre for Digital Built Britain and Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Enterprise and Business Relations for the University of Cambridge.

“It is particularly pleasing, and indeed a seminal moment, that the report has recognised with absolute clarity that static and real time capture, analysis, sharing and structured use of data (in a secure manner) should now be seen as a fundamental enabler to realising those productivity gains” said Neely.

“Open collaboration between Government, industry and the wider academic community is a keystone of CDBB’s agenda, and crucial to realising the potential of smart infrastructure. Implementation of these recommendations will be potentially transformative to the adoption of smart infrastructure and digital solutions for the built environment. We look forward to working with a range of institutions and expert groups who will contribute to the challenging work programme ahead” said Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain’s Research Bridgehead and the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction.