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Centre for Digital Built Britain


The National Digital Twin (NDT) Programme is bringing together industry, academia, and government to guide the creation of an Information Management Framework (IMF) which will establish the building blocks to underpin effective information management across the built environment. This is a key enabler to pave the way for the development of a UK National Digital Twin.

This research work is foundational for many streams in the National Digital Twin programme; especially the governance stream, the DT hub stream and the approach stream. Therefore, flexibility and collaboration with the National Digital Twin programme team will be essential for a successful delivery.

Two key deliverables are included in this research work:
1. Logic model:
A model that links existing and new physical assets in the natural and built environment to benefits stemming from implementation and use of digital twins. This model will enable analysis and scenario testing to better understand the size and nature of the digital twins’ landscape.

2. Baseline database:
a. to provide a baseline of the assets value and operational expenditure in the recognised parts of the built environment. This baseline will enable prioritisation of effort and the measurement of progress.
b. to work with CDBB to develop and agree the appropriate level of detail for the baseline dataset and how it would feed into the logic model.

The logic model and the baseline database expected from this work will be instrumental for many aspects of the NDT programme. To name some of the usages of this research work:

  • Order the benefits from rolling out digital twins and the IMF by sector, region, asset type or other categories
  • Inform the governance of the roll-out of the IMF to prioritise sectors/ regions/ asset types that deliver the largest benefits at a national level
  • Establish key metrics to track the progress and demonstrate the benefits from implementing the IMF

Bids are invited from academic institutions, consultancies or from individuals with proven qualitative and quantitative research experience. Collaborative team bids are also welcome, especially if such teams can demonstrate a greater capacity to provide insights and to cover the scope required.

Time for the Tender 

Questions about the Tender

Tenderer may raise queries about the tender document only via In-Tend.

No further questions may be submitted after this time.

Repeated attempts to contact Departments directly via email or telephone may result in your tender being rejected.

By 12 noon on the 15thof Nov 2019

Responses to questions

The University’s responses to questions will be circulated via In-Tend to those tenderers who have acknowledged their intention to tender.

On or before 12 noon on the 19th of Nov 2019

Tender return date

Tenders must be returned by the Tender Return Date

Tenders must be returned via In-Tend

The University may extend the tender submission date at its sole discretion.

By noon on the 2nd of Dec 2019


If CDBB determine that interviews are required, the date will be confirmed at least 2-3 working days in advance. Please indicate any reason why your company would be unable to comply with this.

Between the 9th and 13thof Dec depending on panel availability

Award of contract

This is the anticipated date and may change.

Dec 2019

Contract Start Date

Jan 2020

Contact: Tom Twitchett