This week on My Digital Life, Mark Enzer OBE steps into the limelight. He is chief technical officer of Mott MacDonald and head of the National Digital Twin programme at the Centre for Digital Built Britain. Here he calls for data to be valued and questions why we still have passwords.
What new built environment digital innovation that you’ve seen recently really excites you?
That has to be digital twins. And, to push it a bit further, digital twins that can talk to each other.
What single thing would help accelerate construction’s digital adoption?
I can’t help thinking that digital adoption would accelerate massively if we started to put a value on our digital assets. The simple business truth is that we manage what we value. So, if we evaluated our data and digital models (even if they didn’t get onto balance sheets), the conversations in boardrooms would be transformed.
Who do you follow on social media about BIM and digital construction – and why?
Neil Thompson, because he is really interesting and so well-connected (but don’t tell him I said that).
What was the last app you downloaded and why?
The actual answer is Microsoft Authenticator because I had to, but I’d prefer to say British Trees because I wanted to distinguish between different types of elm.
What’s the tech bane of your life?
Passwords. We should be past all that by now.
Mac or PC/iOS or Android?
PC and Android (boring, sorry).
Do you have any smart home features or other digital gadgets?
For neatness, I rather like my SensorPush for tracking temperature and humidity, but I’m still at the stage of being amazed/impressed by Nest.