whg has made the shortlist of the Offsite Awards for its work to improve building safety.
The Midlands’ landlord has been named a finalist in the BIM/Digital Construction category of the national awards after bringing its high rise blocks into the virtual reality arena.
whg worked with digital design and engineering group Deeo to create Twinned It, a digital twin platform that gives instant access to asset data.
The technology uses Building Information Modelling (BIM) to create computerised versions of its tower blocks, which can be viewed via the app. The 3D models include floor plans and drawings, and also information on fabric and features such as repairs, materials, and fire doors.
The information can be accessed by the fire service, which can log on to an app in the event of a fire and assess the incident before arriving at the scene.
Paul Dockerill, Director of Energy and Programme Management, said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for these awards, for our work which puts customer’s safety at its heart.
“This digital transformation of our stock portfolio has had a key focus on how it can be used to support fire safety 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.
“It has the potential to impact the improvement of safety for thousands of homes across the sector as a digital solution that residents can share.”
All winners will be announced at the Offsite Awards Ceremony, taking place on 22 September 2020 via a virtual awards ceremony.
whg is among the largest providers of high quality housing in the Midlands, housing over 50,000 people in around 21,000 properties, with a presence in 18 local authority areas across the Midlands.