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UK BIM Framework, Digital Twin Hub and White Paper launched at Digital Construction Week

A lot was going on during the two days of the Digital Construction Week in London. Apart from the launch of the UK BIM Framework, BSI was appointed as Hub Facilitators for the Digital Twin Hub (DT Hub). Also, there was the presentation of a white paper on digital twins for the built environment.

Next to the conference presentations, the Digital Construction Week hosted some of the main drivers of BIM and construction implementations. The Construction Innovation Hub, the UK BIM Alliance, the Centre for Digital Built Britain clearly held their own between the input of big construction companies like Skanska, BAM , Fulcro, Royal HaskoningDHV and vendors like Bentley Systems, FARO and Leica Geosystems.

UNMC promoting Paracosm’s PX-80 scanner.

UK BIM Framework Launch

During the first day of the conference, October 16, UK BIM Alliance, business standards company BSI and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) launched the UK BIM Framework. This is the overarching approach to implementing BIM in the UK.  The UK BIM Framework website hosts all the information organisations need to transition to the ISO standard. The Guidance Framework will have quarterly updates, expanding and improving its content.

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Coordinated approach

The three institutes are committed to a coordinated approach. Together, they want to create this framework for implementing international standards within a UK context. Furthermore, they are ensuring a smooth transition for the integration of BS EN ISO 19650 series. Collectively they aim to develope this one framework of guidance in a clear and concise manner to support industry understanding of BIM standards and their implementation. Importantly, the UK BIM Framework sets out the approach for implementing BIM in the UK using the framework for managing information provided by the ISO 19650 series. The website includes the published standards called upon to implement BIM, a Guidance Framework and useful links to other resources.

Digital Construction Week 2019

Digital Twin Hub

The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) has appointed BSI as Hub Facilitators for the Digital Twin Hub (DT Hub). The DT Hub is a web-enabled community for early adopters, suppliers and creators of digital twins. The DT Hub is the latest in a number of high-profile deliverables for CDBB’s National Digital Twin Program. Start-up funding for the DT Hub has been provided by the Construction Innovation Hub to align and accelerate industry development of digital twins. CDBB’s vision for the Nation Digital Twin is an ecosystem of connected digital twins. These should be based on secure resilient data sharing and informed by shared values (the Gemini Principles).

Learning through doing

The DT Hub offers the opportunity for the community to collectively learn through doing and progress through sharing. In order to accomplish this, it will launch with six pioneering organizations who own, or who are developing, digital twins within the built environment. Organizations interested in joining the DT Hub can register their interest with CDBB. BSI will create a collaborative web platform and curate the online and offline content generated by the community. CDBB and BSI will work with members of the DT Hub to develop exemplar use cases and demonstrators for digital twins; and, inform future standards and supporting guidance on digital twins and data sharing.

Theatre of the Construction Innovation Hub during the Digital Construction Week in London.

White paper on Digital Twins

A digital twin promises more effective asset design, project execution and asset operation. A new white paper presented during the Digital Construction Week on digital twins gives an introduction to its opportunities, benefits, challenges and risks. The engineering industry now largely sees the need for digital twins. However, varying definitions and interpretations of what constitutes one is complicating development and adoption. The digital twin is most possibly realistic digital representation of assets, processes or systems, in the built or national environment. The complexity of that representation, and degree of connectedness, varies depending on maturity.

Six elements of development

Complexity in Digital Twinning in six stages.

The white paper aims to present a clear and industry-agnostic maturity spectrum to address this complexity. Therefor, requirements and outcomes are defined by six elements of development. It also highlights the latest developments in the UK, driven by the NIC (National Infrastructure Commission) and CDBB and the key applications within the built environment.


There was an avalanche of lectures, product demos and workshops during the Digital Construction Week held at ExCel in London. Most of them dealt with integration issues on all levels, but there were also dedicated spaces for geospatial and visualization. These will fill a seperate blog soon.

Also read: What is OpenBIM and why is it important?