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Housing sector leaders found out about the future of building management when a new digital platform was unveiled in Walsall.

More than 50 practitioners from councils and housing associations across the country attended the launch event for Twinned It, a ground breaking app which uses Business Information Modelling (BIM) to enhance building safety.

The app has been developed by leading Midlands landlord whg in partnership with digital design and engineering group Deeo. The digital twin platform gives instant access to asset data, including VR walkthroughs, interactive 3D models, external and internal drawings and maintenance works.

The digital transformation of whg’s stock portfolio has had a key focus on Building Safety, with the new technology utilised to support fire safety management. The app, which can be accessed by the fire service, contains information on Building Safety specific data, including evacuation diagrams, compartmentalisation points and key equipment locations. The data enables firefighters to assess incidents and put together a plan of action in advance, helping them to decide whether to follow a Stay Safe or Stay Put policy before arriving on site.

Paul Dockerill, Director of Energy and Programme Management at whg, said: “Making BIM processes mandatory on all high rise buildings is one of the proposals put forward by the government following last year's Hackitt Review of Building and Fire Safety, set up following the fire at Grenfell Tower in London.

“We are exploring ways to establish that digital record of building information, from construction design right through to the users. Events like this enable us to share our work and collaborate with other housing providers as we find a way to create a golden thread in a way that’s fit for purpose and relevant to everyone who gets involved in the life of a building."

Mark Williams, Founder and CEO of Deeo said: “We were really pleased with the success of the event and had some great feedback from those who attended.

“We look forward to collaborating with other housing associations and local councils as we work towards creating a continuous line of information that will  foster a step change in how we manage buildings across the UK.”