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Centre for Digital Built Britain

 

Realising the digital transformation of the built environment sector and the benefits of the National Digital Twin will rely on the workforce having the necessary skills. The NDTp Skills and Competency framework and supporting resources are designed to help organisations and individuals prepare for the future.

The National Digital Twin is an ecosystem of connected digital twins where high-quality data is shared securely and effectively across the built and natural environments. 

A key technical enabler for the National Digital Twin is the Information Management Framework (IMF). The IMF, currently under development, is a common language by which digital twins can integrate to improve decision making and enable better outcomes for people and nature. This offers a wealth of new and exciting career and training opportunities for people, regardless of their technical ability, to make our built environment a fairer, more environmentally friendly, and more productive through the National Digital Twin (NDT).

To properly realise the benefits of a National Digital Twin we need a workforce with the appropriate skills who, together, can make it happen. This is reinforced by the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) first sector-wide skills plan for construction which highlights the importance of enhancing technical, digital and modern methods of construction skills across the sector as well as traditional competencies. 

Enabled by the Construction Innovation Hub, we have published a Skills and Competency Framework report, which sets out requirements for different roles, from ontologists to data regulators, while emphasising the need for a culture shift towards improving data quality and adopting systems-based outcomes-focused approach.

To support the use and rollout of the Framework we have developed a Capability Enhancement Programme which offers practical support for organisations and individuals to assess their own needs and consider how to address them.

The Capability Enhancement Programme includes a self-assessment survey designed to help you to assess your competency levels and compare this to the competency levels required for your desired role. 

Once you have identified your areas for development you can access available support by referring to our list of available training. The training register offers a snapshot of the resources and courses that are available to enhance your skills. 

Find out more about the benefits of data quality and the connection of DTs, and the importance to start building up capabilities in this area in two 10-minute videos outlining learning journeys for key roles - one video is aimed at experts, whilst the other provides information for consultants. 

Further reading - Resources for Skills and Competencies for the National Digital Twin