We may be drawing to the close of the current iteration of the , but there is still plenty of exciting and important work happening. It is encouraging to see just how hard everyone is working to ‘finish well’ and ensure that all the learnings and progress we have made is packaged into a useful blueprint for others to use.
Some highlights to share:
The DT Hub Community Council
One of the goals we set for the DT Hub was for the community to lead the development and strategy going forward. An important milestone on that journey the start of a Community Council, supported by a network of Community Champions. What struck me about the process of establishing the Council was the amount of feedback and applications we received from interested Hub members. It showed a level of enthusiasm and commitment that is very encouraging for the next stage of the DT Hub.
We now have 12 motivated community representatives across different types of , sizes and locations. Our first Council meeting was held at the end of January, joined by members from Australia and Sweden, as well as the UK. It was a great first meeting, and clear that there is a real desire to keep the momentum of the DT Hub going and to continue the ethos of sharing and collaboration. And I’m delighted to say that we will have @Melissa Zanocco @Ali Nicholl as Co-chairs.
When was launched, alongside the CReDo film and demonstrator app, there were a wide range of publications that wrote about the story. What has been interesting to me is that long after the event, the project is still very much being referenced by journalists and key organisations. People are continuing to follow the progress and keep abreast of all the latest insights from the project.
It has moved the conversation forward on collaboration through connected digital twins, by delivering a tangible example that demonstrates the benefit to our everyday lives. It is being discussed and recognised as something important for critical infrastructure for governments. One of the key partners on the project, BT, highlighted the benefits of this work and digitalisation for BT.
Over the coming weeks the team are putting together both technical and non-technical reports on to capture the lessons learned, what we could have done better, what we will do better going forward and recommendations for others.
The team is planning a webinar on 2nd March 2022 to show how the climate resilience model has been realised using synthetic data sets. The event will be a talk-through of project methodologies and findings, insights and next steps. We’ve already had over 500 sign-ups and it’s great to see so much interest. Please sign up to take part.
Smart Infrastructure Index results
Developed specifically for the built environment and infrastructure industry, the Index provides a holistic view of digital maturity: from customer insights to digital twins; modern methods of construction to whole-life asset management.
There were 57 responses to the 2021 Index, up from 21 in 2020. Whereas in 2020 these responses came exclusively from asset owners / operators, in 2021 the survey was sent to the wider DT Hub community. While this increased the reach of the survey, it also influenced the scoring.
The overall digital maturity score for the DT Hub community was 37.3 in 2020 and it decreased to 33.6 in 2021. When looking at scores for asset owners / operators only, this decrease in digital maturity score was still evident, however, it was far less significant, with average score of 37.1 in 2021. For a further breakdown of the results please go to the report: results of the 2021 Index.