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Dr Anne Kemp named in Queen’s Birthday Honours Awards

last modified Jun 07, 2019 10:57 PM
Dr Anne Kemp OBE, Fellow and Technical Director for Digital Engineering (DE) and BIM Strategy and Development, at Atkins, Chair of the UK BIM Alliance and BuildingSMART UK member of the Management Advisory Board for the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) and part of CDBB’s Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG), has received the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2019, announced today.
Dr Anne Kemp named in Queen’s Birthday Honours Awards

Dr Anne Kemp OBE

The Birthday Honours are awarded as part of the Queen’s Official Birthday celebrations during the month of June.

The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) is delighted that Dr Anne Kemp has been awarded the title of Officer of the British Empire for her significant contribution to the UK’s programme to deliver a smart digital economy for the built environment. 

Professor Andy Neely, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain, said: “This is well-deserved recognition of the outstanding contribution that Anne has made to the digitalisation of the built environment. CDBB is fortunate to work with a number of world-leading experts and leaders in their field and Anne Kemp is definitely among them. We send her our warmest congratulations.”

Named Geospatial Professional of the Year at the GEO Business 2019 awards last month (May 2019), Dr Kemp is acknowledged internationally for her experience and expertise in digital engineering and contribution to thought leadership, transforming the UK constriction and infrastructure industry.  

Dr Kemp was made an inaugural Atkins Fellow in 2015 in recognition of her leadership in digital engineering, BIM and Geospatial internationally. She is Chair of the UK BIM Alliance and buildingSMART UKI, and convenor of international and UK standards for BIM (ISO19650 and the PAS1192 series). Dr Kemp is also convener for the strategic direction of digital transformation within the built environment for ISO, working closely with CDBB, and is part of CDBB’s DFTG.  She was named an ICE Invisible Superhero – “Digital Dynamo” and was awarded the ICE President’s Award 2017.

Welcoming the announcement Alexandra Bolton, Executive Director of CDBB, said: “Wonderful news that Anne has been awarded an OBE. She has worked tirelessly to transform the construction and infrastructure industry. Very many congratulations to Anne. We are all delighted for her.”

Dr Kemp was chair for ICE’s State of the Nation ‘Digital Transformation’ Report 2017, and of the Association of Geographic Information from 2014 to 2016.  She regularly presents at conferences, writing papers on managing information for better outcomes across the infrastructure industry – spanning DE, BIM and geospatial.  Based on her recent MSc research she has also established a reputation in thought leadership around people and collaborative working and the psychological implications of our merging virtual and physical worlds. As a qualified coach and mentor Dr Kemp continues to work with individuals across the built environment sector, focusing particularly on younger people, giving guidance on developing their careers, and women (some senior), supporting them to succeed.

Currently Senior Advisor for the DE/BIM Strategy at High Speed 2 (HS2) and Heathrow Airport, she served two years on the UK BIM Task Group as a Delivery Officer for Highways Agency and Environment Agency. Previously Dr Kemp served a three-year term as Atkins’ Network Chair for Geospatial and Integrated Digital Solutions.

In addition to her work as a sector leader in digital construction, Dr Kemp has held a number of voluntary positions: Trustee of MapAction, a charity that gathers crucial data to create a shared operational picture for support organisations at disaster scenes; fundraiser and volunteer lead for environmental and sustainable energy improvements to an infant school in Guildford, which won an award from the Borough Council. 

Responding to the announcement Mark Enzer, Chair of CDBB’s DFTG, Digital Director of the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) and Chief Technology Officer for Mott MacDonald, said: “In 2017, the Institution of Civil Engineers identified Anne as their ‘Digital Dynamo’ superhero. This wonderful announcement confirms it: Anne really is a superhero. I’m delighted that her huge achievements have been recognised in this way.”

Welcome to the Centre for Digital Built Britain.  

The Centre for Digital Built Britain is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge to understand how the construction and infrastructure sectors could use a digital approach to better design, build, operate, and integrate the built environment.

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Toward Blockchain-Enabled Supply Chains in the Built Environment

Jun 28, 2019

3M Buckley Innovation Centre Hudderfield, HD1 3BD, UK

International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (ICSIC) 2019

Jul 08, 2019

Churchill College, University of Cambridge

CDBB Week 2019

Sep 09, 2019

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