Swiftly becoming commonplace in the majority of day-to-day business operations, an asset information management focused common data environment (CDE) is transforming the delivery, function and maintenance of built assets and entire estates.
An example of this innovative technology is the University of Birmingham (UoB) One Estates Initiative, which GroupBC’s CDE underpins. UoB is in the midst of £1 billion development programme to create outstanding new facilities for students, staff and the community across its Birmingham campus and its new Dubai campus.
Due to the scope of this multifaceted programme, the UoB employed a solution which would securely support delivery and transition from ideation to operation. In 2019 they chose GroupBC’s CDE to form the basis for its One Estate Initiative, which will ensure single, secure access to all documents, drawings, 3D Models and data regarding its assets.
Hosted by GroupBC, the CDE can be utilised by the university, design teams and contractors to track and report upon milestones, changes and key decisions for project governance purposes. In effect, this will drive efficiency within its existing estate and the delivery of capital projects, and will also improve the delivery, visibility and control of important information and data across the department. The UoB sees the CDE as the platform for their digital estate, ensuring information is available across its lifecycle.
In a time where cyber security is critical, the CDE will ensure the university mitigates the risk of information loss in the event of a supplier dispute or insolvency during the design or construction phases, especially with such significant investment plans for the future. The implementation of a CDE will mitigate the above risks whilst at the same time substantially improving efficiency and availability of data for the university’s Estates Team.
This new CDE will assure the safe storage and access of all data and is fully compliant with the university’s security requirements including ISO 27001, a specification for an information security management system. The CDE also supports ISO 19650, ensuring compliance to BIM standards and futureproofing the system to ensure data is accessible and maintainable for years to come.