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Centre for Digital Built Britain



Welcome to our Winter newsletter. I hope you enjoy reflecting on the wealth of activity that has continued, through the challenges that 2020 has brought us all, as much as I have. The activities and achievements included here demonstrate our continued appetite to drive digital transformation and deliver value in the built environment. 

I would like to extend my congratulations to Mark Enzer, OBE, Head of CDBB's National Digital Twin programme and Chair of the Digital Framework Task Group, on his OBE for services to national infrastructure in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. A richly deserved honour for his outstanding work. I am also pleased to congratulate CDBB and Construction Innovation Hub colleagues for their appointments to the Construction Leadership Council task force groups. Construction Innovation Hub Programme Director Keith Waller, has been appointed to lead the new Manufacturing and Performance workstream, as part of an overhaul which will see a renewed focus on sector transformation and recovery. Mark Enzer OBE takes on the leadership, and Anne Kemp OBE the deputy leadership for the the digital network, which will seeks to facilitate and accelerate digital transformation in the UK’s built environment in order to improve industry performance and export potential. It will connect and coordinate digital activities and initiatives across all the workstreams.

We have some great milestones to celebrate in this issue too. The international programmme will launch its new Global BIM Network at the inaugural Global BIM Summit on 17 March. I encourage you to read more about it in Adam Matthews recent thought piece. Attendees are expected from more than 40 countries, and we hope you will be able to join them. Another milestone has been CDBB's Digital Twin Hub, which has signed up more than 700 members since it was launched in March. This is great news and shows the appetite there is in this fast-growing community which aims to accelerate learning around digital twin strategies.  

Lastly, we are very excited about our soon to be published e-book, 'Four Futures, One Choice', which provokes us with four scenarios of what Britain could look like in 2040. While you wait for its release, you can read the Summary Preview version which is out now, and you can also register your interest in receiving the e-book. 

I hope you enjoy reading this edition. As ever, please do keep in touch with us as we look forward to continuing our journey towards transformation of the built environment. Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday break and looking forward to continuing this important work with you all in the new year.

Andy Neely, Director of CDBB

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