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Government backs new digital category at Construction News awards

The government has given its official backing to the Construction News Awards 2013 with the launch of a category to reward the greatest digital contribution to growth in the built environment.

The inaugural Digital Built Britain award will recognize UK initiatives where the innovative use of data enhances the value of a building during its construction or use.

It is backed by the UK BIM Task Group in association with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Cabinet Office and the Construction Industry Council.

Cabinet Office head of BIM implementation David Philp said: “We want to showcase the very best of what the UK is or will be doing that supports our growth and investment policies through a digital agenda.

“This award will recognise the value that can be added by liberating data during an assets lifecycle, whether that’s during the design, construction or maintenance phases.”

Entries are encouraged from outside the sector.

Mr Philp said: “As well as being aimed at software developers, it’s also for start-up researchers with a great idea that might be working in other manufacturing sectors, such as aerospace, that we want to attract to construction.

“It’s aimed at potential gamechangers for our industry that will optimise and refine current ways of working to create an exciting new chapter for efficient and collaborative working.”

UK BIM Task Group chair Mark Bew added: “The two goals are growth and competitiveness for the UK construction industry, and to attract people to help us solve the challenges we face around cost, carbon and sustainability issues.”

The award is also a way to attract backing for a development project.

“It’s aimed at somebody who has a great idea they want to take to another industry and is looking for funding that will help reinvent the image of the built environment in a digital future,” Mr Philp said.

“The Digital Built Britain Award supports the HM Government drive towards a new digital built environment and the ambitious plans for sector modernization underpinning government plans for sector growth enabled by a world leading digital economy.”

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