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Housing association showcases building safety technology

whg has updated government advisors on its work that aims to prevent another Grenfell tragedy.

whg was asked to report back to Dame Judith Hackitt on progress being made on a digital platform after the technology was applauded by Hackitt last year.

Twinned-it, a digital platform that stores information on a building, has been developed by Cannock-based Digital Design and Engineering Consultancy Deeo in conjunction with whg.

The platform is "revolutionising building management and safety". Five other housing associations have already adopted the technology with more than 30 others looking to take on the platform this financial year.

The Twinned-it platform enables fire fighters to view all the information they need on a building at the click of a button.

This means emergency responders can assess the incident and put together a plan of action before they have even arrived on scene.

whg Director Paul Dockerill, who leads on Building Safety, said: “whg places a high priority on Building Safety, and we’re proud to be leading the way in implementing this new technology. We’ve already had really positive feedback from a number of industry bodies. I was delighted to share our work with Dame Hackitt and believe this platform could play a vital part in raising Building Safety standards across the housing sector.

“Twinned-it could have a massive impact on the safety of thousands of people across the UK and support the fires service in responding to incidents quicker and more efficiently.”

Twinnedit is the "most advanced answer" to delivering the Golden Thread of information that will be required by the new building safety regulator under the recommendations of the Hackitt Report.

The platform uses Building Information Modelling (BIM) to create digital, interactive 3D models of buildings, and gives real time access to 3D BIM data, drawings, virtual walkthroughs, asset model spaces, building safety documentation and fire risk assessments.

The data can be referred to on the way to the fire, via a smart phone or tablet.