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Centre for Digital Built Britain

 

Dr Dan Summerbell

Research background

Dan Summerbell's background is in manufacturing operations. He has worked in a range of industries, across the UK, France, the US and Canada. He joined the Centre for Industrial Sustainability in 2017 to work on carbon efficeincy in cement manufacturing processes. In July 2020 he joined DIAL to work on the ACORN project, moving down the cement supply chain to look at the whole life carbon impact of construction.

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Read more at: From Norm to Swarm: development of a balanced scorecard for evaluating automation in construction

From Norm to Swarm: development of a balanced scorecard for evaluating automation in construction

This project aims to develop a Balanced Score Card (BSC) to support the adoption of automation in construction. It will do this by delivering a set of indicators that ensure the sustainable development of these innovative processes and technologies in the UK construction industry and highlighting...

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Read more at: Digital Energy Estimation Tool (DEET)

Digital Energy Estimation Tool (DEET)

How can buildings’ energy use and embodied energy both be optimized at the design stage? This project aims to enable the generation of real-time data from operational energy use and from energy embedded in building components. It will do this through 3-D computing paradigm at an early building...

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Read more at: Recommendations for automated checking of regulations and requirements management in healthcare design

Recommendations for automated checking of regulations and requirements management in healthcare design

BIM-based tools for automated compliance checking can potentially mitigate some of the negative effects of complexity in healthcare design. The practical adoption of a level of automation in the checking of healthcare design regulations can support achieve transparency and consistency for designers...

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Read more at: Integrated Management of Margins through Evaluation, Design, Analysis, Tracking and Negotiation

Integrated Management of Margins through Evaluation, Design, Analysis, Tracking and Negotiation

Over-engineering of systems is an often-hidden source of inefficiency in systems, which can add significantly to their building and running costs, and reduce the sustainability of systems. One cause of over-engineering is a cumulative effect of different stakeholders adding margins to the...

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Read more at: Adaptive Design of Supported Excavations

Adaptive Design of Supported Excavations

This project aimed to fully document and make available the automated back analysis tool developed to support commercial implementation, as well as investigate barriers to the adoption of data-driven adaptive design in practice through a targeted workshop. It provides guidance on future research...

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Read more at: Building Impulse: A novel digital toolkit for productive, healthy and resource-efficient buildings

Building Impulse: A novel digital toolkit for productive, healthy and resource-efficient buildings

This project aimed to create a toolkit for capturing occupant satisfaction with their environment in buildings in order to feed the next generation of smart buildings with a more holistic set of metrics for comfort and enjoyment of a space. The toolkit consists of a range of existing sensors and...

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Read more at: Future Cities and BIM

Future Cities and BIM

This project addresses the question of how European cities are adapting to BIM, and what awareness there is of BIM in future city thinking and strategies, particularly around Smart Cities. It also looks at what tools and policies are being used to take forward BIM in city development and thinking...

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Read more at: IOT Network Behaviours and Dependencies

IOT Network Behaviours and Dependencies

This project initiated some baseline data gathering and primary analysis of the ways in which off-the-shelf IOT sensors are going to generate and distribute data, the services they will invoke, and the infrastructure dependencies that will thus be taken by deployment and use of such sensors and...

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Paul Fidler

Research background

Paul joined the Department of Engineering in 1995, initially to work on the development of a yield-line analysis program for concrete bridges. In recent years, Paul's research has been on using new sensing technologies such as wireless sensors or fibre-optic strain measurements for civil infrastucture assets.

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