Interview with Mark Enzer OBE FREng

Mark Enzer OBE has not had to change employer because the roles he has held at Mott MacDonald have been so varied. What attracted him to the UK-based consultancy at first still attracts him: its friendliness and professionalism. His first interests were in the water industry and after an engineering degree at Oxford did an MSc (Engineering) in Tropical Public Health Engineering at the University of Leeds. 

He was head of the National Digital Twin programme. A digital twin is a digital model of an intended or actual real-world physical product, system, or process and is open to  simulation, integration, testing, monitoring, and maintenance. His group came up with the proposal was not for a single digital twin but for an ecosystem of twins that share data and interact. 

He is an advocate of roadmapping: setting a desired outcome and planning to get there over multiple routs and with multiple interactions.  He wants planners to focus on outcomes: what do they want to have happen? They should use systems thinking to get there. And whole communities need to enable the process. At the moment data is in silos: hospitals, prisons, schools etc; or energy, transport, water, waste and telecommunications. The data in these silos is often a mess. The issues thrown up now cannot be solved in these silos but must be seen as systems which interact. He uses the health service as an example. He is a Lt Colonel in the reserves of the Royal Engineers.   

Mark Enzer was interviewed by Richard Sharpe for Archives of IT.


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