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Digital Built Britain launched

News   •   Oct 19, 2016 12:12 BST

The next phase of the UK’s Building Information Modelling Task Group programme, Digital Built Britain, will be announced today at the Institution of Civil Engineers BIM 2016 conference.

Mark Bew MBE, chair of the BIM Task Group and the newly formed Digital Built Britain programme will make the announcement.

This next phase of digitisation in the construction sector will be delivered by a partnership between Innovate UK and the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.

First announced in the 2016 budget, Digital Built Britain will seek to bring about reductions in whole-life costs and carbon emissions, whilst also improving productivity and capacity by using intelligent building information models, sensing technology and secure data and information infrastructure.

Digital Built Britain will take on the role of delivering up to 20% savings on costs of major projects from the BIM Task Group originally set up five years ago.

The BIM Task Group has been collaborating closely with the product manufacturing industry and created the Product Data Definition to give a consistent approach to describing product information in simple terms, and easing data and information exchange and translation through the lifecycle of an asset.

The Construction Products Association (CPA) is playing a key role in its implementation as LEXiCON, with the backing over 70% of construction product trade associations to ensure expert identification of what information should be shared.

The programme will focus on a number of key issues including providing departmental support and British Standards for BIM Level 2; increasing international trade and opportunities for growth for UK companies, and developing the BIM Level 3 programme.

Cyber security, Private sector investment and engagement will also be examined alongside a series of early adopter projects focusing on Level 3A and manufacturing technologies.

The ground-breaking work on data infrastructure within the Digital Built Britain programme will help to deliver other Government digital transformation objectives, including building successful UK sectors in smart cities, cyber and physical security and sensors through the Internet of Things.

Mr Bew commented: “Today marks a significant step in the journey to a digital economy for the built environment. The UK has made a significant step in creating a world-class position in delivering capability, standards and capacity in the sector to reduce cost and increase value.

“The coming together of the BIM and smart city programme into Digital Built Britain will continue this commitment to providing jobs, homes, services and growth to the UK economy.”

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