New Research: Smart Cities, Big Data and the Built Environment

The School of the Built Environment (in partnership with School of Real Estate and Planning) has recently won a prestigious grant from the RICS Research Trust in its special 'big data' call. The research (which is led by Professor Tim Dixon with Professor Martin Sexton and Dr Jorn Van de Wetering) will examine the drivers and barriers for big data platforms at city level in the UK.

The smart city model provides huge opportunities to create added business and economic value from the integration of big data, covering many areas of the built environment. These include data relating to buildings, land use, planning, environmental data, health, economy, and energy.

Image: courtesy of Barton Willmore and Reading 2050 group

New Research Smart Cities, Big DataFocusing on property-related 'big data', the research will examine the drivers and barriers for big data platforms at city level in the UK. The research will also examine key trends in the development and opening up of big data in cities, and how this creates opportunities for client advice, and the potential for RICS members to use big data creatively and innovatively to add value to their professional work. The research will use a combination of a survey of leading UK smart cities and interviews/workshops, and will also examine major city case studies in the UK, Netherlands and Taiwan. A key output is expected to be a generic framework for a RICS 'big data' directory for the built environment in cities (categorised by property type/land use).

The work builds on other School of the Built Environment projects, including Reading 2050 and the wider programme of Smart and Sustainable Cities research.

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