Connecting data: driving productivity and innovation

Connecting data: driving productivity and innovation, published in November 2015, investigates how the UK can create a 'data-enabled economy' through the use of data analytics (more colloquially 'big data'), supported by data science and advanced connectivity. It follows on from two workshops run by the Academy in 2014 on opportunities for engineers in 'big data' and 5G.

The report examines the future opportunities for organisations and sectors to improve products and processes and to innovate using data analytics, and explores barriers to success, both universal and sector-specific. The sectors investigated were advanced manufacturing, built environment, energy, transport, health, aerospace and defence, and insurance.

The key issues that need to be addressed in order to create a data-enabled economy include:

  • The need to deploy engineering best practice in areas such as software development
  • Investment in broadband services to achieve performance equivalent to targets set by the EU digital agenda
  • The investigation of methodologies that allow the value of data assets to be formally recognised
  • The development of industry standards, where appropriate
  • The exploration of mechanisms for creating markets in data that permit access to proprietary but potentially valuable data
  • A need to develop the necessary multi-disciplinary skills, and to share best practice

During 2016, the Academy will be following up recommendations that address the key issues with interested stakeholders.

Connecting data: driving productivity and innovation (4.20 MB)

Smart buildings

The Academy produced a report of a roundtable discussion looking at the design, creation and use of smart buildings. The roundtable brought together architects, engineers and ICT experts to consider ways to reduce energy use, enable supported living and provide valuable services.

Smart buildings: people and performance (1.33 MB)


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