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Leading Midlands landlord whg has unveiled a ground breaking app that is bringing its high rise blocks into the virtual reality area.

The housing association has worked with digital design and engineering group Deeo to create Twinned It, a digital twin platform, which gives instant access to asset data.

The cutting edge technology uses Business Information Modelling (BIM) to create accurate datasets of its property portfolio – including VR walkthroughs and interactive 3D models. 

Accessible from any connected device, the live data contains key up-to-date documentation and data, including external and internal drawings, interactive walkthroughs of communal areas and maintenance works. 

This 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 fire service have commented that the technology will save them time in assessing incidents and help them make early decisions.

Paul Dockerill, Director of Energy and Programme Management

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, 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.

"As a housing association that places a high priority on Building Safety, we were keen to lead the way on implementing this new technology and share our findings with the sector. 

“This project is still in its infancy, but has already been applauded by the fire service, who have commented that the technology will save them time in assessing incidents and help them make early decisions.

“As a bi-product to the project, information on floor layout plans and elevation drawings is automatically available – aiding us in the management of the property’s maintenance programme and saving time, money and risk.

“We are also adopting this advanced technology to give both existing and new customers the ability to virtually experience all of our high rise properties.”

whg and Deeo are unveiling the app and sharing their findings at a launch event on 23rd January at the Village Hotel, Walsall.
Delegates will be able to hear from whg, Deeo and industry experts on how Twinned It can be used to improve property management and Building Safety.

Places can be booked online here.