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Centre for Digital Built Britain


Project background

The entire lifecycle of the built environment is governed by a variety of regulations, requirements and standards. The checking of compliance against these is a complex task, which is currently performed manually, thus becoming resource intensive. Recently, the increased maturity of information models and data and with the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes, means automation of compliance checking is becoming feasible. 

The D-COM Network brought together academic and industrial participants in the interest of; (a) assessing the current state of the art in the area, (b) gathering requirements from stakeholders, (c) defining, together with industrial and policy making stakeholders, the future pathways for development, (d) defining the capabilities and research required to deliver the defined pathways and (e) building a community that can conduct this research and develop capabilities. 


In light of the Hackitt Review, D-COM is proposing not simply “plugging the leaks”, but a transformation of the regulatory compliance system. Digitising and automating this system will instill transparency and inherently build in the “Golden Thread”.


Literature review

Expert workshops


Dr Tom Beach


Digital Compliance Network (D-COM)


Digital Infrastructure


Beach, T. (2019). D-COM: Digital COMpliance : Digitisation of Requirements, Regulations and Compliance Checking Processes in the Built Environment - Final Report