The Digital Built Environment research group is led by Professor Jason Underwood. The built environment is significantly being shaped and evolving amidst a digital revolution driven by the currency of information. As part of the Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable (Built) Environments (UPRISE) research centre, the research group has a particular focus on enhancing the development, transformation and management of the built environment through digital innovation and technologies; encompassing the combinatory aspects associated with people, process, technology and information.
The research group deals with the following four major areas of topics:
a. Building Information Modelling (BIM): the integration of process, people, information, and technology towards whole life value in the delivery and management of built environment assets through collaborative/integrative ways of working, efficient processes, and better management of information; enabled through the effective use of modelling, simulation, visualisation, information and communication technologies.
b. Geographical Information System (GIS): tools enabling for the processing of spatial data into information, which is tied explicitly to, and used to make decisions about the built and natural environments.
c. Construction Information Communication Technology (ICT): improving the efficiency and performance of both the construction industry and built environment assets enabled through the adoption and application of ICT.
d. Building performance modelling: used to gain an insight into building options towards developing building solutions that are more efficient, effective and sustainable enabled through digital modelling capabilities.
The group has a strong track record in these core areas with several existing and past projects; contributing to enhancing a digitally built environment that, in turn, has significant societal and environmental impact.
The group is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of academic staff that are involved in leading these core areas at regional, national and international levels. The group’s approach to research is multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary focusing both on pure and applied research engaging with a variety of stakeholders. This research group will play a key role in bringing these together and organising them into a cohesive research cluster.
The Pedagogy & Upskilling Network project (PUN) was one of a number of project funded by the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to bring together collaborators drawn from research, practice & others to contribute to the work with the purpose to:
PUN was commissioned to explore & address the research questions around how we create & support a digitally enabled, agile, competent & ultimately, productive workforce. The project identified a number of key questions that need to be addressed to provide both return-on-investment & succeed as the catalyst for evolving the manner in which the built environment is conceived, planned, designed, constructed, operated, & interacted with.
The focus of research within the core areas encompasses: