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Mark Enzer - my thoughts on the Roadmap publication and the DT Hub

last modified Jun 14, 2019 10:39 AM
DFTG Chair Mark Enzer provides his thoughts on the DFTG Roadmap Publication and DT Hub

Hot on the heels of the publication of the Gemini Principles at the end of last year, today we are publishing the second key deliverable from the Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG): the Roadmap. We are also thrilled to announce that Samuel Chorlton from DAFNI has agreed to chair the DT Hub Steering Group. 

Effective information management across the built environment will enable better decisions, leading to financial savings, improved performance and service and better outcomes for business and society per whole-life pound. The Gemini Principles provided the conscience of this Information Management Framework (the ‘Framework’) and today’s publication takes us one step further  providing a map of the first years of the journey that will lead to delivery of the Framework for the built environment.  

Since the publication of the Gemini Principles, we have received feedback from a wide variety of organisations and individuals. This has been really useful and has been considered during the finalisation of the Roadmap and the building blocks within.  So, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those involved, especially the members of the Roadmap working group (RWG)  their time and expertise has been absolutely invaluable. 

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

DFTG Interactive Roadmap

NOTE: The interactive viewing works best in Adobe. As an alternative for mobile devices or online viewing please click here, but please note that some features may not work.

The Roadmap is split into five connected streams. The ‘Approach stream considers and defines the overall strategy for delivering the benefits of effective information management across the built environment. To establish the structures and processes for managing the development, adoption and ongoing oversight of the Framework, we have a Governance stream. The Commons’ stream develops the necessary support for effective information management via guidance, tools and standards. We have also set out an ‘Enablers’ stream to identify and address the key potential blockers. Finally, we recognise that a considerable Change stream is needed to facilitate the adoption of the Framework across the whole ecosystem of the built environment. 

Another really exciting development is the formation of the Digital Twin Hub, or DT Hub for shortThe DT Hub is a collaborative web-enabled community for those who own, or who are developing, digital twins within the built environment. The DT Hub will give members a safe space where they can learn from, and share with, others who are on the same journey.  Members will be able to participate in events that will not only develop their own capabilities, but also advance the state of the art in digital twins.  We see the DT Hub as a key vehicle for enabling the ‘Commons’ – identifying the emerging best practice and turning that experience into guidance, tools and standards.  Samuel, and the Steering Group he chairs, will have a key role in guiding the DT Hub as it develops. 

see the Roadmap and the DT Hub as just the beginning, but they are pointing in a good direction. As we saw with the publication of the Gemini Principles, there is a large community of people and organisations who are engaged and supportive of the development of an information management framework that works for all. So, I would again like to ask for your feedback and input.  Please email . Also, do stay up to date with developments on the DT Hub via the CDBB website and CDBB newsletter. 

Our aim of getting the right information into the right hands at the right time to make the right decisions is starting to look a little bit closer. 

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