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Centre for Digital Built Britain

Alexandra Bolton

In this weeks blog Alexandra Bolton introduces some of the activities planned for the inaugural CDBB Week, including CDBB’s Digital Framework Task Group at our National Digital Twin day and CDBB's popular Summer Research Showcase

June has been another busy month at CDBB, we have been out and about at various events and have been planning a series of our own activities in CDBB week. A highlight for me was going to Dublin to present at the Construction Industry Federation DigiCon Summit, sharing our progress towards developing the Information Management Framework that will enable the National Digital Twin.

CDBB week is an exciting opportunity to showcase the activities of all the different workstreams. You will be able to find more information about CDBB’s Digital Framework Task Group at our National Digital Twin day with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on Monday 9 September. Hosted at ICE’s headquarters in London, the morning is devoted to providing updates on progress so far and our plans for the immediate and longer-term future. There will be plenty of opportunity to join in the conversation, and in the afternoon we will be working with our partners and collaborators to hold a ‘town square’ where individuals at all stages of their Digital Twin journey can meet like-minded companies and people to get the advice and guidance they need to realise the potential benefits. Please let us know if you would be interested in being involved in the town square by emailing

Later in CDBB week, our Summer Research Showcase on Thursday 12 September is already available to book and many tickets have been snapped up already. I am thrilled that Paul Clarke, Chief Technology Officer at Ocado, the world’s largest online-only grocery retailer, will be providing the keynote presentation. Ocado are the alchemical blend of a retailer, a technology business, an international platform provider and a disruptive innovator. Paul’s presentation will explore where the innovation assets that Ocado has accumulated will take it next and the wider implications of the non-linear impact that AI and robotics will have on our lives. In addition we will have a series of short talks giving quick glimpses of the research we have supported over the past year, with plenty of time to network with the vibrant and wide CDBB community that has built over the past couple of years.

CDBB week will also highlight the work of our Construction Innovation Hub and Transforming Construction Challenge colleagues, and of our Change and Engagement workstreams. Please make sure you have signed up for our monthly newsletter and follow us on social media channels to find out more details on these activities as they launch.

I hope that you will attend and participate in CDBB week and join us in our shared vision to use data to substantially enhance our natural and built environment, improve essential infrastructure and deliver better outcomes for all.