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DigiBE - Digital Built Environment

The DigiBE group aims to address the major challenges of the built environment through applications of state-of-the-art digital technologies. However, the research undertaken by this group is not just technology-centric but also aims to develop innovative processes that could be facilitated by digital technologies. The research group’s work spans a wide spectrum of research topics impacting design, construction, operations, and management. 


Our specialisms include:

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • City Information Modelling (CIM)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Virtual Reality and Visualisation
  • Space Modelling

We investigate applications over the lifecycle of built assets (design, construction and operation) and at different levels, ranging from individual buildings, through neighbourhoods, to the citywide level.                              

We address questions related to digital technology, process and policy innovations that can foster the improved economic, environmental and social performances of the built environment.

Specific areas of applications of our Built Environment digital expertise are in: urban and real estate planning; urban regeneration; design management; sustainable buildings; construction management and economics; procurement; digital scanning and remote sensing; offsite construction; facility management; smart and connected buildings; and emergent pedagogy. 

We are co-founder and partner of an award winning global consultancy, BIM Academy Enterprises Ltd, a recognised centre of excellence in BIM and Digital Construction providing consultancy, research, software development, training and education in the UK and worldwide.

Our group members have led several UK, EU and international research projects and have been consultants for governments, city councils and other public and private entities nationally and internationally.

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This group is a part of the University’s multi-disciplinary research into the theme of Digital Living.

Research from this group will be submitted to REF2028 under UoA 13: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning.

To view research papers emanating from this group, please click here to view Northumbria Research Link, our open access repository of research output from Northumbria University.


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