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The pathway towards an Information Management Framework

A ‘Commons’ for Digital Built Britain

1Spatial welcomes the open consultation on the proposed approach to development of an Information Management Framework for the built and natural environment.

The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) has published a pathway towards an Information Management Framework for a National Digital Twin (NDT). The publication of the report by the CDBB, in partnership with the Construction Innovation Hub, is a milestone towards a National Digital Twin.

The value of information which is managed effectively and shared securely so that people can make the best decisions is becoming increasingly well understood. The Gemini Principles set out the guiding values for the creation of a (national) system for connecting digital assets but are designed to enable competition on delivery, encouraging innovation and development over time. That system, the Information Management Framework, and a proposed approach to its creation is discussed in this report which has been created by a group of information management experts working with the NDT programme.

As stated in the report, a NDT requires information to be compatible across the built and natural environment. This will need organisations to move beyond data exchange to data integration. It will also demand interventions to enable curation and mapping of existing and future models and data.

Geospatial data is vital for laying the foundation for digital twins.  1Spatial’s geospatial data integration approach follows learning by doing, overcoming by sharing and succeeding together through data Collaboration, data Automation, data Transformation, data Validation and data Visualisation principles:

  • Data Collaboration – working with employees and stakeholders internally and externally to share data integration responsibilities
  • Data Automation – designing and implementing automated workflows to integrate and share data
  • Data Transformation – making data fit for purpose by transferring data between data source(s) and target interface(s)
  • Data Validation – making data compliant
  • Data Visualisation – making data accessible for people and decision-makers to use

As the CDBB state an Information Management Framework for a NDT will require major effort to create a shared national resource, essential to enabling a secure NDT but largely invisible to the user community. This resource is the technical core of the Information Management Framework, called “Commons”.

Get in touch, if you would like to discuss this further with our team.

Author, Matthew White, Senior Business Development Manager 

The pathway towards an Information Management Framework - A ‘Commons’ for Digital Built Britain