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Centre for Digital Built Britain completed its five-year mission and closed its doors at the end of September 2022

This website remains as a legacy of the achievements of our five-year foundational journey towards a digital built Britain

The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) publishes the Gemini Papers today (Thursday 10 March) to outline a blueprint for the future - demonstrating the value of connected digital twins and how they can enable people and nature to flourish together for generations to come. 

Driven by the Gemini Principles of purpose, trust and function, the Gemini Papers are a series of three documents addressing the ‘What’ ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of connected digital twins.

Capturing the vision of the connected digital twin community, the Gemini Papers set out the need for a collaborative approach to develop common national resources for data sharing across organisational and sectoral boundaries.

As home of the National Digital Twin Programme (NDTp) over the past five years, CDBB has worked closely with industry, academia and government to explore solutions for the challenges facing the built environment.

In 2019 buildings and construction accounted for 38% of global energy related CO2 emissions. Serving as a blueprint for future leaders and policy makers the Gemini Papers provide a framework for the built environment and industry to accelerate efforts towards reducing its carbon footprint, building a sustainable future, along with improving social, economic and environmental outcomes – resulting in creating a better quality of life for us all.

Mark Enzer OBE FREng, Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain and the Head of the National Digital Twin programme said: “We are delighted to be publishing the Gemini Papers – the summary of what we have learnt is necessary for the success of national digital twin programmes.

“Connected digital twins help us to understand systems better and to intervene more effectively. They are crucial tools in addressing the great systems-level challenges of our time: net zero, climate resilience and the circular economy.  By working together, enabling secure information flow across organisational and sector boundaries, we can achieve better outcomes for people, society and nature.   
“As CDBB completes its part of the mission to advance the digital transformation of the built environment, it is our intent that these papers will help those who carry the mission forward, especially those who seek to unlock the benefits of connected digital twins at a national and international level.”

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