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The Apollo Protocol is a collaborative mechanism to unlock the benefits of digital twins across sectors. What started as a discussion between individuals from the manufacturing and built-environment sectors at a technology conference, grew to produce the original position piece and then an initial series of events proving the value in approach by its founding members. To ensure the continued success, this structure establishes clear roles and responsibilities to guide the future direction to enable the convening development of an industrial common language. Vision: A world where all sectors and industries share a unified common language for data, enabling a sustainable, innovative and thriving society. Mission: Develop The Apollo Protocol, a curated open best-practice common language framework supported by Apollo Forums that facilitate collaboration to tackle cross sector challenges to deliver high quality, evidence driven, interoperable outcomes. Run by the Apollo Protocol team. Download the white paper at http://theiet.org/apollo-protocol
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  2. Yes we know them really well, and had regular contact with the team. Happy to advise if you are still interested?
  3. The Apollo Protocol Initiative is seeking applications to join its inaugural Executive Board and Steering Group. A new governance structure is being set up to take forward the work of the Apollo Protocol initiative, which is developing a common language for digital twins and information management by facilitating open cross-sector collaboration. Following the publication of its original white paper in 2022 the team has successfully established and tested a methodology for cross-sector collaboration and will shortly publish the outcomes of this work. The new governance structure will take forward the initiative and build on the approach. If you’re keen to further the work of the initiative, either by active individual participation in the Executive Board or as a source of strategic guidance and advice in the Steering Group, please consider applying. Individuals are invited to express interest in the Executive Board and the Steering Group. The Executive Board will be selected by the Interim Board of the Apollo Protocol. It will provide the long-term strategic direction for the Protocol and its enabling mechanisms, overseeing the maintenance and use of its assets. Membership will be by individual representation and meetings will be at least monthly. Positions within the board, such as chair, will be appointed once the executive board group is selected; however please state within your application if you would like to apply for chair stating your reasons. The Steering Group will be non-executive and provide oversight as a group to the Executive Board. It will be selected by the Executive Board and will meet quarterly. Members of the Steering Group will be a representative mix of individuals and organisations who are subject matter experts and other interested parties across data management and the digital twin landscape. Details of the roles and responsibilities are set out in the open Terms of Reference on GitHub: Executive Board Terms of Reference https://github.com/Apollo-Protocol/terms-of-reference/blob/v1.0.0/terms-of-reference/1-executive-board.md Steering Group Terms of Reference https://github.com/Apollo-Protocol/terms-of-reference/blob/v1.0.0/terms-of-reference/2-steering-group.md To apply, please send an email with your application (no more than 2 sides of A4), stating whether you are applying to join the Executive Board or the Steering Group to the interim board secretary Sophie Edridge <s.edridge@amrc.co.uk>. The deadline for applications is 28th April 2023. Find out more about the Apollo Protocol Initiative via the Apollo Protocol Network on the Digital Twin Hub.
  4. Several people have asked us what's happening with the Apollo Protocol Initiative, so here's an update. Following our successful four-month Apollo Forum 'proof of value' exercise with a Forum for the Built Environment and Manufacturing (supported by the Tech sector) the team is in the process of writing up the exercise, which was funded by InnovateUK. The report will be in three parts: The Why: A look at the Apollo Protocol initiative and how it fits into wider Cyber Physical Infrastructure policy. The Methodology: An analysis of the methodology used for an Apollo Forum, how this relates to our operating principles and how to openly use the methodology for any cross-sector Forum. The Analysis: An independent analysis of the outputs and outcomes of the Hacks, the use cases and what we have learned overall. We are hoping to publish this report shortly. In the meantime a new governance structure is being set up to take the initiative forward, and we'll be able to tell you more about that next week. Read about the last four month's work in the four articles: Value is a Network: The Value Hack Performance in the Built Environment: The Performance Hack Trusted Data is Key: The Circularity Hack It’s Personal: The Human Capital Hack
  5. Come and listen to the thoughts from the fourth hack on the Apollo Forum between Manufacturing and the built environment.
  6. The #ApolloProtocol Team have released an article about the outcomes of their fourth and final hack event (of this series) about how the Apollo Forum community has explored the theme of human capital and digital skills What do we mean by digital skills? What career paths do professionals really take? What digital skills do we need to help prevent another Grenfell? Read the article here: https://engx.theiet.org/b/blogs/posts/apollo-protocol-human-capital-hack-digital-skills-digital-twin What do you think?
  7. I've been posting on Linkedin during yesterday's in person Human Capital Hack, on some of the activities we have been doing: https://www.linkedin.com/search/results/content/?datePosted="past-week"&keywords=%23ApolloProtocol&origin=FACETED_SEARCH&sid=zXY I've pasted a couple of the visuals in below. If you wish you could have been there, well you can! We are holding a slightly compressed version of the hack ONLINE next week on Thursday 16th February - sign up here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkcu-qrzgtGdS1j8NbNnce1mF8EoJB_Z5y
  8. One of the things we’re doing today is recording some clips about the #ApolloProtocol project, the Apollo Forum we’ve been kicking off for the last four months, and the potential for the project to help policy makers and our industry through cross sector open collaboration and publishing. So if you really want to know what a ‘Hack’ is, I should be able to tell you. Or, of course, you could come along to the last one in this series, which is happening tomorrow (and the online version of it, which is happening next week). Many thanks to IET.tv for doing the recording!
  9. Heading into London in the morning to finish preparations for the #ApolloProtocol final hack in this four-part series, The Human Capital Hack.Many thanks to Alex MacLaren, Graham Herries PhD and Bola Abisogun OBE FRICS for agreeing to join us and lead the activities. You are the best!We're meeting in the Maxwell Library at IET Savoy Place. The Library is named after James Clerk Maxwell who formulated the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation in the nineteenth century. Miro board is all set up, venue is all ready, it just remains for us to welcome you!If you're concerned about #digitalskills then why not join us on Thursday?More details here: https://bit.ly/ApolloProtocolHumanCapitalHackLondon >>>>Registration closes at NOON TOMORROW!Looking forward to seeing all my buddies tomorrow!@Rick Hartwig, @Jonathan Eyre @Henry Fenby-Taylor @Neil Thompson @Paul Surin and all our wonderful supporters. It's been challenging putting on four events in four months with only six weeks notice... but we are on the home straight!#teamworkmakesthedreamwork
  10. We’re delighted to announce that Bola Abisogun OBE FRICS, founder and chairman of DiverCity Surveyors, will be joining us at the #ApolloProtocol Human Capital Hack in London on 9th February. Bola is chairman of the Construction Industry Council (CIC)'s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, serves on the City of London Corporation Strategy Steering Board, is Digital Director at BIM Academy and chair of Moving On Up, an initiative to increase the employment rates of young black men in London, supported by the Mayor of London. In the 2019 New Year’s Honours list, Bola was awarded an OBE for services to Diversity and to Young People in the Construction Industry. Bola is a qualified and experienced chartered QS, with expertise in construction cost management, BIM and digital construction methodologies. He will be leading us through an exercise to explore the challenge of implementing digital twins in a real life construction scenario. There’s still time to join us in person on Thursday 9th February: Find out more and register here: https://bit.ly/ApolloProtocolHumanCapitalHackLondon Can’t join us in person? Join us online on 16 February here: https://bit.ly/ApolloProtocolHumanCapitalHackOnline
  11. As part of their study on measuring the application of circular approaches in the construction industry ecosystem, the European Commission consultants will hold a virtual workshop on 23rd March (09:30-12:30 CET) during which the preliminary findings and a shortlisted list of circularity indicators will be presented. more details: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/Registration_Workshop_Circularity_in_construction_March
  12. We’re delighted to announce that Alex MacLaren, Associate Professor in Architecture at Heriot Watt University, will be joining us at the #ApolloProtocol Circularity Hack in London on 9th February. Alex is Senior Director of Studies (SDOS) for Multi-campus Architectural Engineering at HWU. Her research interests are in built-environment cross-disciplinary collaboration, and training the future industry for the context of the Climate Emergency. She is know for busting silos and breaking down barriers to student innovation, most recently facilitating a 150+ multidisciplinary student team to design, fabricate, disassemble and reassemble a Scottish mass-timber Solar-Powered house in the deserts of Dubai. Alex believes that smart, authentic education and training for students, honing trans-disciplinary communication and social skills, is essential. Alex was Director of Education for Teambuild UK and dotBuiltEnvironment. Most recently she has joined ZERO construct and is enjoying the challenge of effectively implementing the technical evolution of the construction industry, and inspiring future generations. Alex will be leading us in an interactive voyage of discovery towards a new way of looking at skills and professions. It’s going to be a blast! There’s still time to join us in person on 9th February: Find out more and register here: https://bit.ly/ApolloProtocolHumanCapitalHackLondon Can’t join us in person? Join us online on 16 February here: https://bit.ly/ApolloProtocolHumanCapitalHackOnline
  13. We’re delighted to announce that Dr Graham Herries, Chair of the IET Innovation and Skills Panel will be joining us at the #ApolloProtocol Circularity Hack in London on 9th February. Graham brings us his experience working in #manufacturing, #construction and #tech, as well as a breadth of understanding on the topic of #digitalskills. What is needed to aid the skills gap? How can we think innovatively about the challenges our sectors face? How best to educate ourselves, inspire our colleagues and recruit new talent? Graham is an Engineering Director working in Industry 4.0 technologies and Digital Transformation. Previously Senior Vice President for Engineering at Digital Barriers, Graham led the engineering function and technology direction of the business. He previously worked for Laing O’Rourke providing executive leadership for its ongoing strategic digital transformation. He created and led an EU H2020 funded project delivering innovation through the development of Industry 4.0 technologies for scheduling optimisation across Construction, Manufacturing and Rail, utilising IoT, AI and Digital Twin technologies. Prior to this Graham was the Head of the Software Centre of Excellence at Rolls-Royce, and worked for Thales for 8 years on several naval projects. He has recently been appointed as a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor. Graham will be delivering the Keynote and leading us in an interactive session. There’s still time to join us in person on 9th February: Find out more and register here: https://bit.ly/ApolloProtocolHumanCapitalHackLondon Can’t join us in person? Join us online on 16 February here: https://bit.ly/ApolloProtocolHumanCapitalHackOnline
  14. https://www.activebuildingcentre.com/we-need-to-lift-our-netzero-ambition-in-2023-and-turn-visions-into-actions/ the letter has relevance for several of our themes - performance (retrofit and measurement in particular)
  15. Why do contractors bury bricks??The #ApolloProtocol Team have released an article about the outcomes of their third hack event and how the Apollo Forum community has explored the theme of Circularity, also known as the Circular Economy.Read the article here on the IET website and let us know what you think: https://engx.theiet.org/b/blogs/posts/apollo_2d00_protocol_2d00_circularity_2d00_hack_2d00_digital_2d00_twin
  16. Wish you'd been to the Circularity Hack last week? Let me let you into a secret... we hold an online one today just for you! From 1-4pm today we're holding an online version of the Circularity Hack to discuss the challenges of circularity for manufacturing and the built environment and how we can address them with data, information management and digital twins. Okay okay, so it's not that big a secret - we've over 60 people signed up already. There is still time for you to join us this afternoon: Sign up now! ➡️ https://bit.ly/ApolloProtocolCircularityHackOnline
  17. I've found myself connecting with people working in sectors/roles than I wouldn't typically engage with. Listening to a diverse range of viewpoints has given me more well-rounded knowledge of the challenges people are facing and the opportunities available for us all.
  18. Register now for The Apollo Protocol: The Human Capital Hack – a must-attend if you want to explore how digital skills shortages can be addressed between the built environment, construction and manufacturing sectors. Digital skills are becoming increasingly important in decision making and the operation and governance of data management systems. How do we manage human capital between the sectors to ensure that competition for digital skills is healthy while achieving our common goals? At this interactive event we will identify and explore the digital skills we need and begin to develop a framework for change that would benefit both manufacturing and built environment sectors. Who should attend? We are seeking a diverse audience from across the manufacturing and built environment sectors, including but not limited to: Owners of public sector and government procured built environment programmes, including in infrastructure, government buildings, hospitals, schools, housing etc. Property managers in built assets in the private sector, including estate management professionals. Client-side Information managers and consultants working in the built environment with a responsibility for setting out information requirements. Digital delivery managers working in contractors responsible for information requirements. Technical managers/head of digital in construction product manufacturers who provide products into the field from which they have data requirements. Sustainability managers in manufacturing or the built environment who are responsible for assessing the carbon impact of products and/or who have cross sector data needs. Environmental assessment framework professionals with use cases for cross sector digital needs. CIO or head of information responsible for data, security working either in manufacturing or contractors. If this sounds like you, sign up for this event to get involved. REGISTER NOW https://bit.ly/ApolloProtocolHumanCapitalHackLondon Can’t make it to London? Join an online call on 16 February instead: https://bit.ly/ApolloProtocolHumanCapitalHackOnline About this initiative The Apollo Protocol is an initiative to unlock the benefits of digital twins between the built environment and manufacturing sectors, supported by the technology sector. Our goal is to deliver a mechanism for formalising communication between sectors, built on the work already being done separately. This will be achieved through The Apollo Forum, an open independent network of professionals of all three sectors who have identified or who are working on cross sector digital twins and information management initiatives. The Apollo Forum is being launched with a series of in-person and online ‘Hacks’, practical events for professionals to come together and begin the conversation about getting our sectors to work together on one of four themes: Unifying the value chain - For information and data services and requirements across the sectors Circular supply chains - Turning the built environment sector’s waste and latent material into a resource for the manufacturing sector through effective, integrated digitalisation. Optimised performance - Throughout the product lifecycle, enabled through robust and interoperable data with technology enabled information sharing. Managed human capital - Between the sectors to ensure resources are optimally utilised and have the right learning and reskilling environments.
  19. Will Serrano

    Digital Twin - Next Steps

    Hello all @Jonathan Eyre Regarding 1) Smart Meters, I reckon the Data Communications Company ( https://www.smartdcc.co.uk/) may help as the starting point. Data from smart meters must be stored already in the cloud (another aspect if is is private / public etc), otherwise, we could not get invoiced. We just need a read only API to it. @Su Butcher Regarding the 2) We can make it optional if the data is public or private (for the owner to decide). Note we need to consider leaseholders and freeholders. This would be similar to trip advisor / google reviews or CCTV in terms if the owner does not have anything to "hide" then any person may ask "why it is not public?". I reckon at the beginning if the owner tries to sell or rent, then he will have an incentive to share, although eventually, home insurance could be cheaper if it is shared. Regarding existing buildings, the same incentives apply if you want to sell or rent, you can get a survey done or keep maintenance logs. For the public sector we can use regulation, ie demonstrating the building is safe to work or live in. I reckon eventually the main incentive is competition, like BREEAM. WELL, etc if somebody else has it and you do not, then you are losing out in addition to reducing insurance or maintenance costs. Next steps If we could join Chimini + DCC as the starting point, see how the map info to property and space and merge that into a Digital Twin then I reckon we have a valuable application. Without trying to look like a project manager, unless there are not any other proposals for "bare minimum" case studies, would we agree on the next step to have a 60-minute workshop with both of them to define integrations and data structure? Thanks Will
  20. Jonathan Eyre

    Digital Twin - Next Steps

    The work Chimni are doing in this space was actually what I was thinking about here Su. I caught up with Nigel recently to learn about what they've been up to and is a great example of what Will had identified here as a use case.
  21. Hi everyone, As we are approach our third hack, we wanted to open up for feedback on what everyone has gotten out of being part of the Apollo Protocol events so far as an Apollo Forum? We've had such great support so far, but as an organising committee we are keen to keep moving forward as an initiative and make sure we are listening to everyone's thoughts as well. I've some prompts below but what do you think to the direction so far? What has worked well for the events? What more should we be doing together? Is there anything that could be useful between the events? What do you want to see more of? We've initially explored some of themes, but what would be the next steps for you within the fields of Value and Performance? Are there new themes that you feel we need to explore? Finally, under the current funded activities we are going to produce a summary report to InnovateUK analysing how this framework is working for built-environment and manufacturing as well as how the Apollo Protocol concept can enable other cross-sectoral discussions in a similar way. If anyone has any standout use cases / case studies that would be a step change for either of our sectors to become commonplace, or within adjacent sectors, then please shout about them and reach out. We've had a few surface during the events and some discussions started here on the DTHub, but no doubt there are others to highlight what we need to be doing together as an industrial voice.
  22. Su Butcher

    Digital Twin - Next Steps

    Both interesting ideas. The second one, a public cloud storage of design and maintenance documentation is similar to the work that Chimni is doing (and recently completed an InnovateUK funded project on) except that their project is based around the owner being the recipient and manager of asset information following construction and use this for maintenance records etc. This passport/logbook belongs ultimately to the building and remains with it when ownership changes. The difference is that this doesn't allow for any public sharing of the data about all the buildings involved, though it would allow the homeowner to share the data with prospected buyers I imagine. What would be the benefit of a public sharing of this data, and would that override the risks and reluctance of homeowners to share? How might the idea apply to existing buildings, the public rented sector etc.? Might be an idea to get Nigel Walley of Chimni involved in this discussion. https://www.chimni.net/about https://www.chimni.net/chimni-innovation-grant
  23. Jonathan Eyre

    Digital Twin - Next Steps

    Hi Will, Thanks for your kind words and I fully agree in the need to get from use cases into the case studies as we have been discussing at previous forum events. With regards to the two use cases you mentioned: This is a really good use case that incentivises a better economy of housing in my opinion. Are you aware of anyone doing this yet or progressing this as a concept? I'll certainly add this to knowledge graph that was being built up at the previous events that will be open sourced shortly. This is synergistic to a few aspects that was mentioned at the last hack in December. There is quite a bit of work being done around housing passports with the home owner having having access to all their information upon purchase rather than "the drawer" that has all the paperwork. Is there anything for this that you had in mind in particular to help capture this? Did anyone else have thoughts on these ideas?
  24. Hello All Impressive work on the apollo protocol use cases. I reckon the next steps would be to develop a high level roadmap for a minimum viable product with its related business case. This would be for the two use cases as main / backup. Based on how our environment has created complex systems from simple particles, ie biology - humans from only 4 genes or the universe from protons, neutrons and electrons; I reckon we need to identify and agree on which two use cases will be the most simple ones that provide maximum simple functionality at a lower cost. Once we agree (perhaps we can vote), and implement a practical solution that works and is used due to its indispensable service, then we can add more relevant functionality / complexity. I see (in my opinion) the two most simple and useful use cases are: Retrieval and visualisation of energy consumption from smart meters (simple API to the different energy providers). Would you buy / rent a property with a monthly £1000 energy bill? This is the incentive Cloud storage and retrieval of any design, and maintenance documentation associated with each property. Like a public Dropbox, each property will have a cloud folder where any information can be uploaded. Incentive; would you buy a house with no record of maintenance or commissioning? These two use cases will increment or decrement real estate value therefore different users will be interested to keep it up to date. Please share your thoughts Thank you Will
  25. We’re delighted to announce that Rondi Allan and Nick Reilly will be joining us at the Circularity Hack on 19th January.Rondi and Nick are cofounders and directors of Sustainable X , a consultancy which supports SMEs in their business sustainability. Rondi trained as a Price Waterhouse Chartered Accountant before steering international supply chains and manufacturing businesses. She was recently declared one of the Top100 Female Entrepreneurs in the UK with the #ialso program. Nick is from a Civil Engineering background. He is a Practitioner of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) , with extensive SME leadership experience as an MD and CEO in the construction and utilities sectors. Rondi and Nick believe that businesses can profit from mobilising and sharing knowledge, expertise, technology and resources for everyone’s benefit. Sounds right up our street! As well as delivering a keynote on the business case for circularity, Rondi and Nick will be steering us through some interactive activities during the circularity hack. Last few tickets remaining! Find out more andregister here: https://bit.ly/ApolloProtocolCircularityHackBirmingham
  26. We’re delighted to announce that Knut Jøssang of Pipelife Norge AS will be speaking at the Circularity Hack on 19th January.Pipelife Norway is a front runner in digitalisation and product data, using the latest standards to respond to market demands for product data, EPD data, traceability and documentation. Knut manages the buildingSMART Norway Product room, focusing on international data standards, and actively participates in industry forums where digitalisation and sustainability are on the agenda. He has a masters degree in Energy and the Environment from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.We look forward to Knut helping us explore the practical realities of implementing traceability, circularity and information management from a product manufacturer’s point of view.Last few tickets remaining! Find out more and register here: https://bit.ly/ApolloProtocolCircularityHackBirmingham

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