Find out about next steps for The Apollo Protocol UPDATED 26.10.22

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Watch the recording of the event at the IET

To establish the Apollo Protocol Forum, a series of themed live sessions or hacks will take place across the UK.

  • Value Hack, 17 November, Sheffield
  • Performance Hack, 12 December, Coventry
  • Circularity Hack, 19 January, Birmingham
  • Human Capital Hack, 9 February, London

More details to follow – join the Apollo Protocol Network to stay in touch.


The team behind the Apollo Protocol white paper, which calls for a common language across digital twins, will reveal details of how it will begin to set up the Apollo Forum at a live streamed launch on 25 October 2022.

Since its launch last month, the Apollo Protocol has attracted critical acclaim and enthusiasm from the digital twin community in manufacturing, construction and the built environment, and the technology sector. Downloads of the white paper proposing the cross-sector approach to digital twins have exceeded expectations, and a Network for participants has been set up on the Digital Twin Hub.

At the live launch, the team behind the initiative will give details of how the Apollo Forum will begin its work. Currently, the manufacturing and built environment sectors are developing digital twins separately using different language and business models, yet many of our challenges, such as net zero and economic sustainability, require sectors to work together.

The white paper, published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and supported by a wide range of leading organisations, sets out a proposal to unlock the benefits of digital twins between the built environment and manufacturing sectors. It argues for the establishment of the Apollo Forum to explore four key themes:

1. A single value chain for information and data services and requirements

2. Circular supply chains between the sectors

3. Optimised performance through technology enabled information sharing, and

4. Managed human capital and resources between the sectors.

The Forum will be established by practical cross-sector events where manufacturers and asset owners can articulate their data needs or technology offerings to map out the beginnings of a unified value chain, exploring solutions and unblocking practical barriers. The work will be supported through Innovate UK to develop the UK’s capability in Cyber Physical Infrastructure. 

Neil Thompson, Digital Manufacturing and Performance Lead at the Construction Leadership Council and IET Built Environment Panel Chair explained, “The data needs of manufacturers and asset owners across our sectors are hampered by a lack of collaboration and language barriers. The Apollo Forum events will enable us to map out those needs, identify technical and other support and ultimately develop valuable cross-sector solutions for the participants. Along the way we will begin to identify how to write the Apollo Protocol, but we will achieve it by taking practical steps to solving real life problems.”

Asset owners, manufacturers and others interested in overcoming barriers to cross-sector collaboration are invited to learn more about how they can take part in a series of Apollo Forum events by joining the live stream at 3.30pm on Tuesday 25 October 2022. Watch the recording of this event

Download the white paper.

The Apollo Protocol represents the combined efforts of the IET, The Construction Leadership Council (CLC), The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), The Construction Innovation Hub, the Digital Twin Hub, techUK and The Alan Turing Institute. The project has the support of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK.



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