BuildData Group Launches Research Institute to Influence Digital Information Strategies, Management and Modelling across the Built Environment
London, UK—21st September 2023: BuildData Group AB (“BuildData”) announces the launch of its Research Institute, headed up by Emma Hooper, who will be responsible for research and development across the group’s brands, Zutec & Createmaster.
Set up to better understand and take a lead on the digital transformation of the built environment, the BuildData Group Research Institute will focus on the importance of information as data, its role today and tomorrow as a valuable asset, and devise strategies and concepts to build out an information theory that will drive better building outcomes.
The built environment and digital worlds are constantly evolving, and ensuring the right stakeholders have the right information at the right time is critical. By digging deeper into the construction industry with regards to trends, standards, policy, regulations and best practice that influence information and data today, the primary purpose of the Research Institute will be to actively help shape, guide and educate the industry through research and thought leadership, with an emphasis on information management which is at the heart of digital transformation.
The BuildData Group Research Institute launches with a new paper written by Emma Hooper: “Rethinking Information Management and Modelling”, which focuses on whether the golden thread of information, a requirement of the Building Safety Act, is a product of good information management, asking the question and reviewing what needs to happen to improve the management of information across the built environment?
Emma Hooper, Head of R&D at BuildData Group’s Research Institute, states,
“Our belief is that the industry requires a centre of excellence that looks at the bigger picture of information management and a common data framework, acting as think tank to help educate and shape data strategies. Our findings will feed into the wider work of BuildData Group to help provide the communications, services and products which will benefit one of the least digitised industry in the world — construction. However, crucially it will feed into the industry itself and how we can take an integrated approach to ensure better connected and structured data which has a consistent digital language as the industry moves towards a golden thread of information.”
Gustave Geisendorf, CEO at BuildData Group, adds,
“With an ever-evolving market, building regulations and standards, the Research Institute comes at a time when the role of information in the built environment has never been more necessary. It will not only enable us to deepen our knowledge and expertise of the built environment and changing landscape, but gives us the mechanism to share insight, thought leadership and research with the construction industry that helps shape its direction, particularly when it comes to building information management and modelling. We want to create a safer and more sustainable built environment, where information is as important as the building itself, and we will use our findings to educate the industry at large and drive new compelling events through digitalisation.”