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Centre for Digital Built Britain

Towards a Digitally Enabled Estate: Project Capella

Latest report from the CDBB publication series, on Project Capella, a University of Cambridge case study.


This report, by Thayla Zomer, details the transition of University of Cambridge Estate Management to a digitally enabled estate in line with the Government Construction Strategy.

To support the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 and the use of digital technologies in the delivery and operation of assets, the University’s Estate Management (EM) has developed a comprehensive information management strategy, including a range of processes and documentation.

This report describes the uses of BIM technologies and implementation of BIM processes, examples of its benefits across RIBA stages and some of the main lessons learned from BIM Level 2 implementation during Project Capella, which forms part of the University’s Biomedical Campus.

The case study is based on interviews with client and contractor project managers and BIM managers. The report provides insights regarding elements associated with a successful BIM project and best practices for implementation of BIM Level 2. This is one of a number of case studies from across the campus showcasing the University’s EM digitalisation process and the value of BIM.