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Mark Enzer OBE, FREng, Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), Head of the National Digital Twin Programme, Digital Director and board member for the Construction Innovation Hub and Chief Technical Officer of Mott MacDonald has today been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contribution to the engineering profession.  

Fellows recognised by the Royal Academy represent the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders. Each year, Fellows of the Royal Academy are elected by peer review from nominations made by existing Fellows and election is by invitation only. 

Mark is a leader and champion of innovation and transformational change in the infrastructure sector, advocating for systems thinking, socio-technical change integration and collaborative delivery models. As the inaugural Chair of the Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG), announced by the then Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, in July 2018 when declaring the Government’s response to the National Infrastructure Commission’s ‘Data for the Public Good’ report, Mark has guided the DFTG in its oversight of CDBB’s National Digital Twin programme (NDTp). The NDTp is a key step in the digital transformation of the infrastructure and construction sectors and has recently contributed to the government’s new Transforming Information Performance Roadmap to 2030. The programme’s mission is to enable a data infrastructure to help unlock the information economy, building a smarter nation that benefits people and society. 

The NDTp is working with early adopters and future users of digital twins in developing an information management framework to connect digital twins to deliver benefit to all. The creation of the framework forms an integral part of HM Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy and Construction Sector Deal. 

Mark also led the digital transformation workstream lead on Project 13 for the Infrastructure Client Group, which represents the UK’s major infrastructure client organisations and the lead author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, published by HM Treasury. 

Professor Andy Neely OBE, FREng, University of Cambridge Pro-Vice Chancellor and the Founding Director and Principal Investigator for CDBB  said: 

“Marks’s election as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering is a testament to his outstanding work and tireless dedication to the transformation of the built environment. I would like to congratulate him on this prestigious a recognition and endorsement of his contribution to the sector.” 

Alexandra Bolton, Executive Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain, said: 

“Many congratulations to Mark on his election as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. I have watched Mark work resolutely to create the transformational change in our nation’s infrastructure needed to ensure a bright future for people and the planet. He has the rare distinction of being an exceptional technical engineer who understands the vital nature of socio-technical change and enables its facilitation to produce the outcomes society needs. His election to Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering is well deserved and is just recognition of his commitment, dedication, and service in driving innovation for the benefit of the sector and society.”