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  1. The digital future of the built environment relies on the people that will create it. In our integrated world, over two thirds of UK leaders say their organisation is facing a digital skills gap (Microsoft, 2020) - we have a challenge and opportunity to close this gap whilst realising the benefits of the National Digital Twin. Working as part of the Mott MacDonald and Lane4 team appointed by the Construction Innovation Hub, we have developed a Skills and Competency Framework to raise awareness of the skills and roles needed to deliver a National Digital Twin. The skills and roles identified relate specifically to the Information Management Framework (IMF) - the core component of the National Digital Twin that will enable digital twins to speak the same language. The future of the National Digital Twin is in your hands Seize the opportunity to use this Skills and Competency Framework, to underpin digital twin development and IMF adoption. Without understanding the skills and roles required, there is a risk that organisations may deploy staff lacking sufficient skills to develop their digital twins. A skills gap could also risk poorly designed digital twins which do not support interoperability and connectivity with the IMF or failed digital twin pilots and projects which have direct economic consequences for those organisations. Accelerating progress with skills development With the Skills and Competency Framework, we can accelerate progress, reduce the rate of digital twin failure and ensure consistency in the approach to enable the National Digital Twin – all while establishing a pathway for digital skills and capability enhancement across the UK. We can do this by: Communicating the value of data as infrastructure, and the importance of literacy, quality and security Taking a systems-thinking approach to see data, technology and process as part of an interconnected ecosystem Having a collaborative and adaptable culture that is benefits driven, focused on outcomes to achieve and recognise the role people play in achieving this Find out how to achieve this by using the Skills and Competency Framework and stay tuned for a supporting Capability Enhancement Programme with role-based training plans and skill self-assessments. Learn by doing, Progress by sharing This Skills and Competency Framework is the first of its kind, but the topic of digital skills development in our industry is not. Throughout the development of the Framework, we have engaged with stakeholders and material from many bodies such as the Construction Innovation Training Board (CITB), Open Data Institute and other CDBB initiatives around skills. We intend to progress the Framework by sharing it with the industry and connecting to other bodies, industries and people with similar purposes and goals as CDBB. We are open, we are collaborative and we are ready to close the skills gap.
  2. Humanner project looking for R&D Partners Digital Twin for co-creators of the innovative social solutions It is time to align people and environmental needs through new interconnected collaborative organizational models. Establish the bridge between the virtual and offline world as well as connect academics and communities to focus on social impact by providing the missing valuable functions of the social technology for the common good. We want everyone to be able to share and take joint action on everyday experiences and quality of life concerns; at a local, national and global level. Humans are keystone species in whatever environment they inhabit. - We have known as human beings that our planet is small, fragile and interconnected. Citizen Social Science in the age of the ALPHA GENERATION To do this by holistically connect the disconnected and isolated dots with each other and communities of GLOCAL society to use technologies and methods to collectively solve problems by holistic approach and Eco-System Design thinking to improve the.. Humanity’s relationship to its environment Humanity’s relationship to technology, and Humanity’s relationship to itself The vision of the Humanner is - ‘To progress our society, economy and environment through collective innovation.’ THE PROBLEM IS NOT THE LACK OF A COLLECTIVE DESIRE FOR A POSITIVE FUTURE BUT THE LACK OF A COLLECTIVE VEHICLE FOR POSITIVE ACTIONS. How Can Technology Accelerate Social Evolution? Digital collective intelligence We sorely lack more concerted support and action to assemble new combinations of tools that can help the society think and act at a pace as well as scale commensurate with the problems we face. We need an entirely different model of dealing with reality, a new frame of mind, a collective intelligence. This is an ability to come into communion with a group and act as a single unit of intelligence. Multi Layered Collaborative Semantic Social Network for collective social innovation ecosystem management Humanner's system work with a MULTI FUNCTIONAL holistic multisolving approach so that make the investment more impactful. Single investment of time and money - Defined as a way of solving multiple problems with multisolving approach brings together stakeholders from different sectors and disciplines to tackle public issues in a cost-efficient manner 1/ "Normal" days (GLOCAL) - Collective Social Innovation Network 2/ In Crisis situation can turn into - Collective Crisis Management System SOCIETY - ISO 37105 Descriptive Framework for Cities and Communities - provides a framework to describe the key entities within a city. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/citizen-social-science-age-alpha-generation-humanner-/
  3. The Good Homes Alliance seeks to drive up standards, performance and quality in new homes built in the UK. We have developed a concept built upon existing IP that digitises an assured performance process to enable a comprehensive outcome that will enable net zero (and other desirable outcomes such as health and wellbeing of occupants) to be met and verified. This concept would address a number of issues currently being discussed and deabted by the investment/finance/insurance/warranty sectors and would upskill design teams and constructors because of the built in on demand training that accompanies the app-concept. The concept is called NetZeTT (Net Zero Tool and Training) and has an existing set of project partners, what it doesn't yet have is funding, if any potential funders are interested in this project please reply.
  4. TechUK’s Digital Twins Working Group (DTWG) published a landmark report- ‘Unlocking Value Across the UK’s Digital Twin Ecosystem’- on Thursday 25th February. The purpose of this report is to drive consensus around terminology, highlight key prizes associated with digital twinning across the UK, and to set out strategic recommendations for industry and Government as to how the UK’s digital twin ecosystem can progress and evolve long-term. The report also sets out a handful of recommendations, including that there should be a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary co-ordinating body to promote their use. It would identify common information requirements and capability gaps, provide guidance on codes of conduct in the use of digital twins, and develop incentives such as tax credits or innovation funding. This would come with a 10-year public investment of £150-200 million to support innovation, adoption and diffusion, and strong roles for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). A further boost could be provided by an online procurement portal – the cost of which is estimated at up to £1.5 million – that would make digital twin offerings on the market more visible and less complex, and lead to improvements in their quality and affordability. Other recommendations are for a series of strategic demonstrator projects to show the value and identify barriers to the adoption of digital twins; to identify the skills needed to support their use; and for UKRI to run a demonstrator project on how the concept can support the aim for net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
  5. What key resource has been instrumental in giving you or your team the right skills in tackling information management, digital transformation and thinking about designing and operating digital twins? Your opinions and knowledge are vital as we develop training plans to deliver a National Digital Twin and we ask that you kindly comment below. Suggestions could be online resources, higher education or professional institution courses or any other sources of training that have helped when tackling information management, digital transformation and thinking about designing and operating digital twins. Working as part of the Mott MacDonald and Lane4 team appointed by the Construction Innovation Hub, we are developing a Skills and Competency Framework with targeted role-based training plans to upskill the wider workforce in key skills and competencies needed to design and operate digital twins. This moves beyond the technical ruleset, toolset and mindset of the Information Management Framework (IMF), and will address the training needed to engage a workforce ripe for progression and change.   All submissions and comments sent before the 12th February will be included in our training research, but we encourage the conversation and sharing of training materials to continue beyond this date. We look forward to sharing the outputs with you.
  6. Realising the benefits of a National Digital Twin is not just a technical challenge. In order to establish a digital ecosystem to enable the interoperability, integration and linking of data and models across the built and natural environments, we need a workforce with the appropriate skills who – together – can make it happen. Working as part of the Mott MacDonald and Lane4 team appointed by the Construction Innovation Hub, we are developing a Skills and Competency Framework. In setting out the key roles and skills needed to deliver a National Digital Twin, we recognise the key contributions of people in this endeavour. With this in mind, we are developing a career pathway for digital-twin related roles to address the industry skills gap. Moving beyond the technical ruleset, toolset and mindset of the Information Management Framework (IMF), we will address the skillset requirements to engage a workforce ripe for progression and change. This project will offer greater awareness for what roles and skills are needed to develop and implement the IMF at a national and organisational level and, through competency assessment, a view of the key skills and capability gaps to drive early intervention and inform targeted role-based training plans to increase IMF and digital twin adoption. Our framework will in turn help to generate targeted role-based training plans to upskill the wider workforce in key skills and competencies needed to design and operate digital twins. Without sufficiently enabling and empowering the workforce, the extent to which our industry will benefit from the common ruleset, toolset and mindset promoted through the IMF will be limited. However, there is an opportunity to accelerate progress, reduce the rate of digital twin failure and ensure consistency in approach to enable the National Digital Twin – all while establishing a pathway for digital skills and capability enhancement across the UK. Seizing the opportunity to develop a skills and capability framework to support the IMF is essential to future success. Without this understanding, there is a risk organisations may deploy staff lacking sufficient technical skills or knowledge to develop their digital twins, which could lead to erosion of confidence in the IMF and digital twins in general. A skills gap could also risk poorly designed digital twins which do not support interoperability and connectivity or failed digital twin pilots and projects which have direct economic consequences for those organisations. As part of our project to develop a skills and capability framework, we ran a series of workshops towards the end of 2020. These included a number of subject matter experts across industry, academia and government who we brought together to discuss potential roles and skills required to support the IMF and National Digital Twin. A longlist of roles and accompanying skill areas were identified which have now been rationalised and prioritised. One of the key themes that emerged from the workshops was the need for people to understand and be able to communicate the value of data, and the importance of data quality and data literacy. While digital twin development is likely to be driven by information managers, technologists and business leaders, every member of our industry has a role to play in collecting and managing good quality data. Without the right culture in place, both nationally and at an organisational level, supported by fundamental data skills, the scale of benefits offered by a National Digital Twin won’t be fully realised. We are now at a stage in the project where we want to hear from you, the DT Hub community. We ask that you kindly let us know your thoughts and opinions on this topic by commenting or submitting a question. And we also have questions we would like to ask you: Do you have any thoughts on the roles, skills and capabilities needed to develop and implement the IMF and National Digital Twin? What key skills are at the forefront of your mind and your organisation's future thinking in this space? What skills gaps are apparent in the industry or your organisation? What are you doing to address these gaps? As a community of digital twin owners and information management experts, your opinions, knowledge and experience are vital to paving the way for our digital twin future. In the coming weeks we will be putting the finishing touches to the framework and look forward to being able to share the outputs with you. David Plummer, Global Practice Lead for Digital Transformation at Mott MacDonald, is part of the team developing the Skills and Capability Framework to foster an empowered workforce capable of delivering the National Digital Twin. The Construction Innovation Hub brings together world-class expertise from the BRE, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to transform the UK construction industry.
  7. Vicki Reynolds

    Golden Thread Survey Responses

    Hi all, attached is the full set of survey responses from the Golden Thread Survey carried out by i3PT and the CIOB. There are some interesting responses to the questions about digital tools and capability. We’re only distributing this one to interested parties rather than marketing it more widely. That being said, it is in no way restricted, so please feel free to share with anyone that you think may be interested. I’ve also included the original summary report. Thanks COP1060 - Golden Thread - Complete Survey Res.pdf Golden-Thread-Review.pdf
  8. We live in a world abundant in data and technology. There are numerous ways to fake data of all kinds (think deep fake). Envisioning a future where data outputs become as common as a PDF report how do we enable the skills around critical thinking that will allow data professionals to know when something doesn't look right even though it may have already gone through data quality and data audit checks. Just a thought at this point but I would be interested in others thoughts.
  9. I recently posed a question in this forum to clarify thoughts on the need for a digital twin ‘test’... a way of determining if a proposed digital twin is actually what everyone can agree upon and that matches expectations. A test will serve as an invaluable tool for educating and up-skilling, avoidingconfusion and set a direction for implementation. This is something particularly close to my heart as we’re currently (still) experiencing this in global BIM discussions. Whilst on the topic of BIM, the test could be a great way of identifying what a typical BIM process deliverable is and how a digital twin might differ. This is particularly pertinent as we’re currently observing digital twin negativity and the misconception that digital twins are ‘just BIM’. Take a look at the attached image, a snapshot of a Twitter Poll... this may be just a small sample, but of 113 people on twitter who responded to this tweet by a Canadian colleague, just over HALF of them think digital twins are software vendors marketing vaporware - a product that doesn’t come to fruition. The other half are of the impression that digital twins are a ‘technology’. Clearly there’s work to be done... Personally, I think we need a mutually agreed distinction to engage and involve a wider group of professionals from within our sector and outside of it to really progress and deliver the benefits outlined in The Gemini Principles. Comments you’ve provided so far suggest that a test could be helpful, although some of you share the concern that the time taken to form a test may be better spent developing a digital twin. Other comments have highlighted the need to avoid being short-sighted in the ‘boundaries’ of a test. If we are to develop a test, it will need to be flexible enough to cater for edge cases and to evolve over time as technologies and possibilities become more easily achievable - i.e. when the goal posts move! Do we need to define a baseline case, so that all proposed digital twins are measured against it? If so, what are the fundamentals? For example, which of the following might be considered a digital twin: • www.lightningmaps.com (near real-time data visualization of weather systems); • https://www.tidetimes.org.uk/ (log of expected highs and lows of a tidal system); and • www.googlemap.com (periodically updated traffic system with patterns and disruptions) Each of these are similar but constitute different fundamentals. LightningMapsuses weather station data, while TideTimes uses a database of pre-established tide peaks and throughs. Is the collection of (near) real-time data fundamental, or something that is only applicable to specific use case? Once we have the fundamentals, which digital twins need to be tested? If we are ultimately aiming for a national digital twin, surely we need to test all of them to ensure compatibility and value if it is to be included/connected to it? If this is the case, then I’m talking myself into the notion that a simple yes/no or pass/fail will never be enough... We need to find a way to identify and celebrate the (positive) extremes, to encourage the development of borderline cases to become true digital twins and to seek new directions and measures of ‘what looks good’ as the sector integrates digital twins into its decision-making. It looks like we have a LOT to discuss in the proposed workshop on the 17thNovember to explore why, what and how we should be measuring. Outline agenda below, to be informed by the ongoing forum discussions. The Why - Discussing the pros and cons of a digital twin test. Objectives & Activities for looking at intuitive tests for digital twins Summary of initial industry feedback. A Yes/No, Pass/Fail or a Sliding Scale? Existing 'test' examples that could be leveraged from other industries. Discussing what elements make up a digital twin. I hope you will continue the discussion on this thread, which will give us time to prepare the workshop materials and key discussion points and to do that, I have some questions to continue the discussion... 1. In YOUR role in either procuring, creating, maintaining or analysing/interacting with a digital twin, what should we be testing or measuring? Please let us know what your involvement (current or proposed) is and what we should be measuring/testing to help in that role. 2. What, in your opinion, makes a digital twin - real? Let’s keep this short, give me your top 5! 3. How do we best differentiate what we should typically deliver in a BIM process and a digital twin? Digital twins are a huge opportunity for bettering the entire built environment design, procurement, operation and provide tangible benefits to society. What therefore can we do to promote the relationship (and a distinct difference) between BIM and digital twins? The workshop will take place on the 17th November from 14:00 – 16:00. Register on Eventbrite to receive joining instructions. See you there! C
  10. If you missed the free webinar last month on how to generate OIRs and critical success factors from an executive strategy join me again on Monday morning. its 1.5 hrs of presentation and 1.5 hrs of workshop. please feel free to attend just the presentation. There is an optional session the following day taking in Function Information Requirements and their impact on delivering digital assets. Sign up and attend what you can! https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2513815/F72E835712666BB4969CC328281F134D?partnerref=SocialMedia see you all then Iain
  11. Guest


    The creation of digital twins will, with little doubt, impact construction sector suppliers (e.g. refurbishment specialists and trades contractors) in the services they render. It will place on such firms the responsibility to acquire technological capabilities to examine digital twins of assets they need to work on. Data from the ONS shows that a majority of firms that provide such services are SMEs. Research focusing on technology adoption emphasise how SMEs in the construction sector are particularly challenged on many fronts in trying to make technological transitions. Resource constraints, for instance, make the adoption of new technologies an impractical move despite being crucial for their survival. As part of the DTHub program: How can SME firms be helped to acquire the relevant technological capabilities in order to make the transition into a 'new age' of service provision with digital twins at the centre? What pathways for technological transition can be created for firms that are willing, but unable to expend resources to evolve?
  12. During our research activities within the DT Hub, several barriers relating to the use of digital twins were identified. This blog post, which looks at digital skills, reflects on skill as a barriers and considers related issues so that we can discuss how they may be addressed. As organizations develop a wide array of datasets and supporting tools, a key concern has been the capability of the people using these resources to make decisions and take action. To do so, these people need to be sufficiently skilled. Industry reports, such as the Farmer Review, have consistently identified skills shortage as a key issue within the built environment. This figure below, produced by the Construction Products Association (CPA), shows the proportion of firms who have had difficulties in recruiting traditional trades. For example, in the first quarter of 2017, over 60% of firms had difficulty recruiting bricklayers. A cause of this shortage is the lack of training being provided by organizations within the built environment. As shown in the figure below from the Farmer Review, workforces within the built environment are some of the least trained. While an obvious solution may be simply to provide more training, the issue is confounded by the fact that we need to inject a new set of skills in to the sector; increasing the amount of training required. In 2018, The World Economic Forum produced their Future of Jobs Report. It considered what are the current emerging and declining skills as a result of digital transformation, automation and the fourth industrial revolution. These, are highlighted in the table below. Considering the results provided, the need for manual skills as well as installation and maintenance skills are declining rapidly. As such there is a risk that any immediate training to fill our skills gap may not be suitable for future employment needs. As initiatives such as the Construction Innovation Hub and Active Building Centre consider Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and other more modern methods, perhaps the focus should be on which skills are needed for the future. Digital twins, as representations of physical assets, processes or systems, will need to be interfaced with built environment professionals of the future. The question however, is in what capacity? Let’s consider a scenario: Cardiff University has a digital twin of their campus. Within this twin, they have included sensors to record the usage and occupancy of lecture halls to access space optimization. For an estate manager to be able to use this twin, they may benefit from: Software skills, to interface with the incoming data. This software may not be part of their core asset management system; needing additional knowledge and skills to use. Analytical thinking, to allow them to test scenarios. For example, to test what would happen to usage if a single building was changed to private rent from external customers; improving the universities income generation. Creative thinking, to allow them to consider new ideas. For example, to use the timetable to place lectures that straddle lunch across-campus; increasing foot-traffic past the university lunch hall. Intuitive thinking, to allow them to question outputs. For example, to be able to identify when a faulty sensor may have led to data discrepancies or when an analysis programme has identified importance solutions due to its correlative nature such as starting lectures at 6am to free up more rooms for private rent. Ultimately, the reason for adopting digital twins will be to provide value for an organization and its wider ecosystem. As such, problem-solving skills, critical thinking, systems analysis and analytical thinking will likely become core competencies. For organizations with critical long-term planning requirements, future employees need to be taught these skills now so that they are appropriately competent for the future. And there we have it, breaking the barriers related to skills. How relevant do you think the WEF top 10 growing skills will be for future consumers of digital twin content? What skills do you consider to be core to future digital twin users?
  13. Why this theme? DT Hub activities focus on a set of thematic areas (themes) that are based on shared opportunities and challenges for members. These themes are areas where collaboration can help members to gain greater understanding and make more progress towards realising the potential benefits of digital twins. This short introductory piece outlines the scope and approach for the second theme: Digital twin competencies: To help organizations understand the competencies, skills and cultural considerations that can help them to successfully adopt digital twins, as well as fostering collaboration and making recommendations on the best way forward Why did we identify this theme as priority? Each of the members we spoke to raised concerns about digital competencies within the built environment. To maximize the value that a digital twin can bring to an organization, the different actors who might undertake digital twin related activities must have the necessary knowledge, skill, and authority to do so. In other words, without a sufficiently competent set of individuals to realize the benefits, digital twins will be under-utilized. In recognition of the built environment’s challenges with training and upskilling its workforce as well as the concern raised by DT Hub members, this has become a prioritized theme. Scope This theme will build on work being done through the National Digital Twin (NDT) programme Enablers stream and will develop ideas and recommendations based on real-world experience from members and from the wider market. In addition, this theme will also help to test some of the underlying principles of the NDT programme which may influence future digital competency frameworks. Engaging with this theme can help digital twin owners start to address questions like: Who within my organization should interact with our digital twins? How will they interact with digital twins? What knowledge and skills are needed to undertake these activities? What skills gaps do I have and what gaps are there in the built environment overall? When looking to hire new staff who will interact with our digital twins, and what core competencies should I be looking for? What cultural orientation is helpful to successful implement digital twins – what can I learn from others? Related to the first bullet above, work has been started by some members to identify the types of actors that may interface with their digital twins. Building on this work, we plan to discuss and agree a schedule of “personas”, that broadly represent a suite of roles, and then build a profile of the competencies against each persona. Objectives The main objectives for this theme are then to: Identify a schedule of personas that cover relevant roles for a notional organization, ensuring sufficient flexibility and scalability. Understand (from examples) what digital twin related activities each persona is expected to undertake Using an industry recognised system such as the European Qualification Framework (EQF) to map knowledge, skill, and autonomy requirements to each of the relevant activities Feedback learnings to inform into the development of the NDT programme Enablers work Generate insight to potentially develop a digital twin competency framework NOTE: It is acknowledged that organizations such as CITB are working on digital competency frameworks, and it is hoped that engagement with such activities is done via the Enablers stream. We’re already starting on the first set of activities for this theme and we are creating some content for you to dive into including: A Webinar to discuss the theme requirements, including a broad discussion around persona and competencies. Topics and posts to kick off conversation within the hub (for example a piece on competencies related anonymizing data) as well as links to interesting external sources based on this research. We are adding these to a dedicated forum for theme 2 Research into interesting examples from other industries of approaches that consider digital competencies (coming soon - we will also add interesting links to the theme 2 forum) What next? There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved, including in activities to flesh out this theme. We want this to be driven by member’s views and priorities, so it would be great if you would comment on this post including to tell us: Where you are seeing initiatives that could benefit skills development in the digital twin area Use cases and in-house examples that might help inform this work Specific competency activities you may be working on related to building knowledge and skills Any views that you have on what digital twin competencies look like
  14. We ran a webinar on theme 2 "Digital twin competencies" on 24th March 2020 where we discussed the roles, skills and organisational culture needed to successfully implement digital twins. We also began to look at proposed activities for the theme, as well as potential priorities for members. Many thanks to those of you who were able to join us - we had some excellent discussion and several members kindly agreed to share some of their thinking, for example on the types of roles or people that will need to use digital twins in different ways. Over the coming days and weeks, we will share key outputs from the session, as well as providing some initial content (for example on possible priority roles) for you to comment on and discuss within this portal. In the meantime, you can see the slides from the webinar here.
  15. Standards create an avenue of consistency and opportunity for skills to be recognised and developed. In this blog Kirsten Lamb reviews the work done to date on skills in relation to the standards landscape and points to future work needed to support progress towards an information management framework and a National... View the full article
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