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Centre for Digital Built Britain

Blog by Head of Change and Knowledge Transfer - Nicola Pearson

Head of Change and Knowledge Transfer for the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), Nicola Pearson introduces how CDBB is working to support transition to ISO 19650 and makes a new call for proposals. The Change programme is where CDBB engages with industry, including the public sector, both within the UK and abroad.

Internationally, the aim of the CDBB programme is to grow the use and specification of BIM, as a digital information management methodology, in public infrastructure and construction projects, as described in ISO 19650. We build the capacity of overseas governments to lead the digital transformation of their construction and infrastructure sector and public sector procurement. Whilst this is beneficial to our partner countries, improving their effectiveness and the efficiency of procuring and delivering national infrastructure; it also opens opportunities both for trade and for further digital transformation at home. 

Within the UK we operate across public and private sectors. We have just started to work with individuals with BIM leadership and digital information management responsibilities in government departments, to support them in their transition to ISO 19650.

An important part of our remit is making sure organisations have access to information and tools to support their digital transition. CDBB is releasing a call for proposals on 20 May, to commission a piece of work to evaluate existing tools that assess BIM maturity and identify the benefits (return on investment) from using BIM in projects. The evaluation will involve consultation to understand industry (including client) requirements.  This will deliver a clear picture highlighting available tools and their application; and identify any gaps in provision of such tools and further development work required in this area. This will help organisations to understand where they are benefitting from adopting BIM and to identify areas in which improved use of digital information management will deliver additional benefits.  

At this time of increased data availability, it is often a challenge for organisations to identify the information they require and how it can transform their business.  This extends beyond the design and procurement of assets to the way in which they are operated and how society interacts with them.  CDBB is working to support this transition.