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Dr Anne Kemp named in Queen’s Birthday Honours Awards

By Peter Fitzgibbon - 9th June 2019 - 10:27

Dr Anne Kemp OBE, UK BIM Alliance Chair, Fellow and Technical Director at Atkins, has received the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her contribution to the development of the UK’s smart digital economy.

Anne, who has been chair of the UK BIM Alliance since its inception has been recognised for the role she has played in helping the UK understand how the construction and infrastructure sectors could use a digital approach to better design, build, operate, and integrate the built environment.

Anne said: “I’m so thrilled to receive this award and grateful to be working during a time when it’s widely accepted that we need a golden thread of information to help us create and run a built environment that supports a better quality of living for all of us.”

Pam Bhandal, Executive Team member of the UK BIM Alliance adds, “I don’t know a more passionate, inspiring, intelligent, hard working person than Anne. She has taken the industry by the scruff of its neck and given it a good shake. Her work not only as chair of the Alliance but in bringing the construction and infrastructure industry together and pushing the drive to digital transformation makes her a credit to her profession. She absolutely deserves this award and I, along with my colleagues are so very proud of Anne, congratulations!”

Anne is a Fellow and Technical Director at Atkins. Anne has been with Atkins for 25 years, where she first introduced GIS to the business, and has acted as advisor to a wide range of projects, ranging from contaminated land to large data management projects

Mike McNicholas, Managing Director for Atkins’ Infrastructure Division, said: “We couldn’t be more proud of Anne who has worked tirelessly to advance the industry’s understanding and adoption of digital information to improve the way we design and deliver projects. She’s a credit to her profession.”

Anne is Chair of buildingSMART UKI, and convenor of international and UK BIM standards. She is also convenor for the strategic direction of digital transformation within the built environment for ISO and was awarded the ICE President’s Award in 2017. Earlier this year, Anne was named Geospatial Professional of the Year at the 2019 GEO Business awards. Anne also sits on the Centre of Digital Built Britain’s advisory board and is part of its Digital Framework Task Group. The CDBB is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge.

Professor Andy Neely, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain, said: “This is well-deserved recognition of the outstanding contribution that Anne has made to the digitalisation of the built environment. CDBB is fortunate to work with a number of world-leading experts and leaders in their field and Anne Kemp is definitely among them. We send her our warmest congratulations.”

About the Alliance The UK BIM Alliance understands the value of a digitally enabled industry and is driving the industry to make BIM Level 2 become business as usual. The UK BIM Alliance is also the UK & Ireland chapter of buildingSMART. For more information visit the website

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