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Centre for Digital Built Britain completed its five-year mission and closed its doors at the end of September 2022

This website remains as a legacy of the achievements of our five-year foundational journey towards a digital built Britain

What questions are City Information Modelling (CIM) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) best suited to answer?

This project examines what digital information is commonly available in UK cities and what new information can be retrieved from the built environment through BIM to aid planning. It aims to explore barriers to adoption and how data can complement or enable CIM in the UK for responsible, effective and sustainable future city development.


This project looked at Cambridge, Bristol and the devolved country of Scotland as its case studies, and identified that organisational, data-related, technological, human resource, financial and legal barriers are interrelated. Solutions for overcoming these barriers are themed around enhancing collaboration, leadership, business case and investment, innovation and strategic planning, and privacy.


Case studies

Data analysis


Next Steps

Existing BIM processes need to be scaled up to CIM, which requires some technological research and development. However, the biggest barriers are things like data quality assurance, culture and business models, which would need to be addressed through drivers of structural change.

Presentation at CDBB Week 2019

Project Status

This project is completed