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Following the Centre for Digital Built Britain’s (CDBB) announcement that it is launching a Global BIM Summit on 17 March 2021 aimed at the global public sector community, details of the pre-event series and further programme information for the summit itself have been released today.

The Global BIM Summit is the first and only global event of its kind, bringing together the global public sector, multilateral organisations and infrastructure investors to share ideas and inspiration for a more productive and better performing construction sector. The summit also signals the official launch of the Global BIM Network – an international community by the public sector and for the public sector aimed at responding to today’s global infrastructure challenges by leveraging the opportunities of digital tools through the successful implementation of BIM.

Supported by the Construction Innovation Hub (Hub) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Global BIM Network’s aim is to foster a productive and more collaborative global digital construction market for the public good, facilitating innovation in the sector to drive increased value and be an engine for long-term sustainable growth. Through hosting the Global BIM Summit and delivering the content within the pre-event series it’s hoped that the Network’s target audience of representatives from global government ministries, agencies and multilateral organisations will be motivated to engage with the Network further in a collaborative effort to improve international standards and practices.

The Global BIM Summit is preceded by a pre-event series of webinars taking place from 3 – 11 March, culminating in the 17 March summit.

The pre-event series and Global BIM Summit are now open for registrations and is available for both public and private sector delegates to attend. The series includes a range of video presentations and panel discussions about national, regional and global opportunities for the public sector community to collaborate in order to further digitalization of infrastructure through the construction sector. To register for the pre-event series and view the full programme of events visit

In addition, it’s also been announced today that The Global BIM Summit will be hosted by Yale School of Architecture’s Associate Dean and Professor Adjunct, Phil Bernstein (FAIA RIBA). Phil’s illustrious career spans the worlds of architecture, technology and higher education.  He is also a celebrated author on the topic of digitalization within the field of architecture.

Phil believes the work through the summit will advance the cause of good building everywhere: “Building Information Modelling is more than a technology, but rather a strategy for the integration and improvement of the global building industry. The Global BIM Summit is an opportunity for us to understand, share and improve BIM standards, methods and best practices across the world, and take full advantage of the enormous expertise of professionals in a variety of disciplines and markets.”

The Global BIM Summit will take place online at 11.00 (GMT) and 15.00 (GMT) on 17 March 2021 to account for time differences globally.

The Global BIM Summit is open to any parties who have an interest in learning more about BIM and its implementation and benefits.  Registration is now open on the Global BIM Summit website –


Editor’s Notes 


BIM – Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the “use of a shared digital representation of a built asset to facilitate design, construction and operation processes to form a reliable basis for decisions” (BS EN ISO 19650-1:2018).  

BIM facilitates early supply chain and operational team involvement. Furthermore, it unlocks more efficient and transparent ways of planning, designing, creating and maintaining built assets, whether buildings or infrastructure, over their whole lifecycle. 

About CDBB   

CDBB (Centre for Digital Built Britain) is a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge. It is also a partner in the Construction Innovation Hub. CDBB seeks to understand how the construction and infrastructure sectors could use a digital approach to better design, build, operate, integrate the built environment. A digital built Britain will:  

  • understand what information is needed to enable better through life economic, social and environmental value from our built environment;   
  • champion human-centric design of infrastructure and the services they deliver;   
  • exploit new and emerging digital construction and manufacturing skills and technology to reduce costs and increase productivity;   
  • grow new career, business and export opportunities for the UK.   

For more information, visit  

About the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)  

The FCDO pursues our national interests and projects the UK as a force for good in the world. We promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK’s security, defend our values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners.

About the Construction Innovation Hub   

The decisions we make today will shape our future. The Construction Innovation Hub’s vision is a world where our built environment improves quality of life, delivers greater social value, reduces environmental impact and is delivered by a world-leading, innovative and sustainable industry.

The Hub is developing solutions that will help drive the transformation of the sector. We’re pioneering ways in which buildings and infrastructure are procured, designed, delivered and operated to deliver market-ready products and processes that will shape our future built environment, ensuring safety, quality and value. 

In close collaboration with government, academia, industry and partners across the Transforming Construction Challenge, we are guiding a collaborative programme, using world-leading processes and technologies, to create a market with the capability and capacity needed to deliver the UK’s construction and infrastructure needs.

This collective innovation will drive adoption of manufacturing-led approaches to construction, digital tools and secure, connected data that support sector growth and open export opportunities, accelerating recovery and the transformation to a future-ready sector.