From Survey to Savings: Revolutionising Energy Efficiency Retrofit Design with As-Built Drawings and Digital Property Models

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In the pursuit of sustainable and energy-efficient solutions, retrofit programs play a pivotal role in upgrading existing structures. At the heart of these programs lies the indispensable need for accurate as-built drawings, augmented by the transformative benefits offered by digital property models. This blog explores the symbiotic relationship between as-built documentation and digital models, shedding light on why they are instrumental in driving success in energy efficiency retrofit initiatives.

The Need for As-Built Drawings in Energy Efficiency Retro Programs:

Foundation for Informed Decision-Making: As-built drawings provide the foundational blueprint for retrofit projects. They offer a detailed representation of the existing structure, including dimensions, materials, and configurations. This comprehensive insight becomes the cornerstone for informed decision-making, allowing retrofit professionals to identify energy inefficiencies and plan targeted improvements.

Precision in Design: Accurate as-built drawings are indispensable during retrofit design, enabling professionals to assess the current energy performance of a building. Identifying thermal bridges, inefficient ventilation, and areas with poor insulation becomes more precise with a reliable baseline provided by detailed as-built documentation.

Customised Retrofit Strategies:

Every building has its unique characteristics, and as-built drawings play a crucial role in tailoring retrofit strategies. By understanding the intricacies of the existing structure, retrofit professionals can design customised energy-efficient solutions that maximise impact while minimising disruptions.

Regulatory Compliance and Certification:

Many energy efficiency retrofit programs require compliance with specific standards and certifications. As-built drawings serve as crucial documentation for regulatory approvals, ensuring that the retrofit aligns with environmental and energy performance benchmarks.

The Benefits of Digital Property Models:

Dynamic Visualisation for Stakeholder Engagement:

Digital property models enhance stakeholder engagement by providing dynamic visualisations of the retrofit design. This not only aids in effective communication but also fosters a shared understanding among project teams, stakeholders, and decision-makers. From Retrofit assessor, Coordination, Design and install, the digital model helps all involved in the journey.

Streamlined Collaboration:

The digital property models provide a complete 360° view enabling visualisation and interaction, closing the gap between the physical and the digital world. Accurate measurements, visual representations, and 3D models enable stakeholders to make informed choices based on reliable data, without the need to visit site. Architects, developers, and planners can utilise the digital models to assess the feasibility of design ideas, simulate renovations, and plan projects more accurately.

Long-Term Maintenance Planning:

Beyond the retrofit phase, digital property models serve as valuable assets for long-term maintenance planning. Facility managers can leverage the digital model to track and manage energy-efficient systems, making it easier to schedule routine maintenance and ensure sustained energy savings.

Centralised One Version of the Truth for Efficiencies and Cost Savings:

The integration of accurate as-built drawings with digital property models creates a centralised one version of the truth. This unified digital representation becomes the go-to reference for all stakeholders involved in the retrofit project. Architects, engineers, project managers, and facility maintenance teams can collaborate seamlessly, reducing miscommunication and ensuring everyone works from the same reliable data source. This centralised approach not only streamlines the workflow but also leads to significant efficiencies and cost savings throughout the entire retrofit process.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, the need for accurate as-built drawings in energy efficiency retrofit programs cannot be overstated. They provide the essential groundwork for successful projects, from initial assessments to regulatory compliance. When paired with the transformative benefits of digital property models, the synergy creates a powerful toolset for retrofit professionals. This integrated approach not only drives energy efficiency but also forms a centralised one version of the truth, setting the stage for sustainable, future-ready buildings. As the world continues to prioritise environmental sustainability, embracing as-built drawings and digital property models becomes imperative for a greener, more energy-efficient built environment.

Written by:

Danny McKeown

Operations Director

I am passionate about driving efficiency through effective solutions and prioritising the user’s perspective. Technology plays a crucial role in our approach, optimising our survey process and digitising our housing operations. By leveraging advanced tools and software, we enhance accuracy, reduce costs, and minimise disruptions to residents. Automation and digital platforms streamline workflows, improve data management and facilitate collaboration. Our commitment to efficiency and technology ensures high-quality services and client satisfaction.

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Ensuring cost saving and associated carbon savings in a digital world

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In the ever-evolving landscape of sustainability and efficiency, leveraging the potential of digital property models proves to be a transformative force. AIM Housing pioneers in marrying carbon reductions, operational efficiency, cost savings, and an enhanced customer experience.

Embark on a journey where remote property inspections not only elevate tenant experiences, but also drive operational efficiency – a reality seamlessly realized through AIM Housing’s digital property models. Offering a holistic 360° view, these models bridge the gap between the physical and digital realms, enabling stakeholders to make informed decisions grounded in reliable data, precise measurements, and vivid 3D representations.

The true power of these digital models manifests in their ability to significantly diminish the need for physical site visits. This translates into tangible time and cost savings, heightening efficiency in property assessment and decision-making. Simultaneously, it elevates the tenant experience by eliminating the necessity for unnecessary on-site visits. Stakeholders can collaboratively access and review digital models, facilitating remote collaboration and expediting decision-making without the constraints of physical site visits.

In this seamless integration of technology and property, AIM Housing’s digital property models contribute not only to operational efficiency but also to environmental sustainability. The reduction in site visits correlates with a decrease in travel-related carbon emissions, leading to a smaller ecological footprint. This underscores AIM Housing’s commitment to innovation, efficiency, and environmental responsibility.

To substantiate the environmental and economic impact, AIM Housing has developed a custom page that calculates average CO2e emissions savings per mile. This innovative approach considers distances based on the client’s address or the user’s location, utilising a map API to predict travel time and distance. Beyond environmental considerations, the model delves into the economic aspect, calculating the true cost – including mileage cost, travel time cost, and booking arrangement time cost – setting the stage for a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis.

The calculated values for CO2e, mileage cost, travel time cost, and booking arrangement time cost are presented on a custom page, enhancing transparency and empowering clients with valuable insights into the tangible benefits of embracing a digital approach.

Expanding this approach to multiple sites amplifies its impact, utilizing the client’s address for calculation to highlight cumulative savings offered by a digital model across various locations. It becomes a compelling tool, illustrating the advantages of adopting a digital strategy and emphasizing the interconnected benefits of efficiency, sustainability, and cost reduction.

This calculator represents more than a mere one-time calculation; it paves the way for a future where the accuracy of saved site visits through digital property models can be evidenced and continuously improved upon. The potential for more technical development opens avenues for refining calculations, incorporating real-time data, and providing an evolving, accurate representation of environmental and economic impact.

In conclusion, AIM Housing’s integration of carbon calculation features not only showcases reductions in carbon emissions, time savings, and cost reduction but also charts a course for a future where digital efficiency and environmental responsibility align seamlessly, creating a paradigm shift in property management practices.

Written by:

Danny McKeown

Operations Director

I am passionate about driving efficiency through effective solutions and prioritising the user’s perspective. Technology plays a crucial role in our approach, optimising our survey process and digitising our housing operations. By leveraging advanced tools and software, we enhance accuracy, reduce costs, and minimise disruptions to residents. Automation and digital platforms streamline workflows, improve data management and facilitate collaboration. Our commitment to efficiency and technology ensures high-quality services and client satisfaction.

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AIM Housing join Wates innovation portal

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AIM HOUSING JOINS WATES INNOVATION PORTAL TO BOOST TRANSITION TO NET ZERO

AIM Housing property digitisation has been selected by Wates to be an innovation partner featured in its online marketplace for sustainable technologies.

The Wates Innovation Network (WIN) portal , created by the Wates Group – one of the UK’s leading family-owned development, building and property maintenance companies – connects companies directly with partners who can offer solutions to help them meet sustainability targets. Since launching in 2021 the portal has become home to an industry leading network of organisations that will accelerate the country’s transition to net zero by showcasing smarter solutions to design, construct and maintain buildings.

AIM Housing has been providing property digitisation over recent years, supporting whole house retrofit. As an innovation partner, AIM Housing has been approved by a screening panel including 40 environmental experts and will feature alongside 100 other suppliers. Visitors to the portal can choose sustainable innovations based on their requirements to find the product and supplier most suitable for them.

The Wates Innovation Network portal will enable AIM Housing to connect with businesses directly and better support them in providing tangible environmental and operational savings. The digitisation of properties holds immense value and potential for the housing sector. It offers benefits such as improved decision-making, reduced site visits, remote property management, preservation of digital documentation, accurate measurements, increased efficiency, and risk mitigation. By embracing property digitisation, stakeholders can optimise processes, save costs, enhance collaboration, make informed choices, and improve overall property management. The digital transformation of properties is a game-changer, unlocking hidden value and paving the way for a more efficient and sustainable future in the housing industry.

Danny Mckeown, Operations Director at AIM Housing, said:

“AIM Housing strives to help Housing Associations and local authorities digitise their assets; to reduce costs, improve workflow and collaboration, and help plan for improved future sustainability. In turn, helping improve living standard for residents and the local community.”

Dr Zainab Dangana, Head of Sustainable Technology Services at Wates, Commented: 

“At Wates, we firmly believe that achieving net zero is not only necessary but also possible with the technologies available today. Our focus is on harnessing the power of innovation to accelerate this vital transition. I am proud to welcome 25 new suppliers to the Wates Innovation Network, expanding our marketplace to 118 providers of sustainable innovations.  

By embracing these sustainable technologies, we can create buildings that not only minimise their carbon footprint but also optimize energy efficiency and enhance occupants’ well-being. Our collective efforts will not only contribute to a healthier planet but also drive economic growth and job creation”.

About Wates Group 

Established in 1897, we are the UK’s leading family-owned development, building and property maintenance company. In 2022 we employed over 4,000 people and generated profits of £33.7m from a turnover of £1.89bn, working with a wide range of public and private sector customers and partners. Now in our fourth generation of family ownership, we’re committed to the long-term sustainability of the built environment and to making our industry more inclusive and representative of the communities we work in. We are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Gender Equality 2023 and an Investors in People Gold accredited company. We are driven by our shared purpose of working together to inspire better ways of creating the places, communities and businesses of tomorrow. Wates.co.uk 

For more information:

  1. For more information about the Wates Innovation Network, visit: wates.co.uk/win-portal
  2. Wates helps its customers and partners to achieve their sustainability goals by helping them to identify, select and implement cost-effective proven sustainable technologies that comply with regulations, lower carbon emissions, improve building performance and reduce operational costs. For more information, visit: https://www.wates.co.uk/who-we-are/sustainability/sustainable-technology/
  3. For more information about Wates’ commitment to environmental sustainability and net zero carbon, visit: https://www.wates.co.uk/environment/

Written by:

Danny McKeown

Operations Director

I am passionate about driving efficiency through effective solutions and prioritising the user’s perspective. Technology plays a crucial role in our approach, optimising our survey process and digitising our housing operations. By leveraging advanced tools and software, we enhance accuracy, reduce costs, and minimise disruptions to residents. Automation and digital platforms streamline workflows, improve data management and facilitate collaboration. Our commitment to efficiency and technology ensures high-quality services and client satisfaction.

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From Reality to Documentation: Mobile Mapping Revolutionising As-Built Documentation

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As-built documentation

In construction, accurate and up-to-date documentation is vital for successful project management. Traditional methods of capturing as-built data are often time-consuming, prone to errors, and limited in providing comprehensive information. However, mobile mapping technology is revolutionising the process. By utilising advanced sensors like LiDAR scanners and high-resolution cameras, mobile mapping enables real-time data collection, resulting in increased accuracy, efficiency, and accessibility of as-built documentation.

High-Precision Data Capture: Traditional methods, such as manual measurements and photographs, are labor-intensive and can lead to fragmented and outdated documentation. Mobile mapping offers high-precision data capture, allowing for detailed measurements of physical structures and their surroundings. It integrates high-resolution imagery to provide a comprehensive representation of the environment.

Efficiency and Time Savings: Mobile mapping significantly improves efficiency and time savings. It enables rapid data collection in a single scan, eliminating the need for multiple site visits. Simultaneous capture of multiple data types streamlines the process, removing the requirement for separate measurements and documentation.

Informed Decision-Making: Accurate and comprehensive as-built documentation plays a crucial role in project management and maintenance. With mobile mapping, project managers can make informed decisions based on accurate data, reducing errors and rework. Detailed documentation simplifies future modifications and renovations, saving valuable time and resources.

Enhanced Accessibility and Visualization: Accessibility and visualisation are enhanced through mobile mapping. Stakeholders can remotely access digital representations of the captured data, facilitating exploration and analysis from various devices. The 3D visualisation capabilities offer a realistic representation of the environment, improving understanding and communication among project teams.

Mobile mapping technology revolutionises as-built documentation by providing accurate and comprehensive data capture, improving efficiency, enabling real-time updates, and enhancing accessibility. It addresses the limitations of traditional methods, transforming the construction industry’s approach to documentation.

Workflow 

  1. Mobile Laser Scanning: Use mobile mapping technology with LiDAR sensors to rapidly capture highly detailed point cloud data of the project site.
  2. Drone Mapping: Deploy drones with high-resolution cameras to capture aerial photographs and generate precise 3D models and orthomosaic maps through photogrammetry, ensuring a complete 360° dataset of the project site.
  3. Cloud-Based Processing: Process the collected data, including point cloud data from laser scanning and imagery from drone mapping, using cloud-based software for efficient analysis and faster results.
  4. Exporting Point Cloud Data and Alignment: Export the processed point cloud data in standard file formats, ensuring compatibility with different software applications. Perform alignment of multiple scans to create a cohesive representation of the entire project site.
  5. Registration and Model Creation in Autodesk Revit: Register the exported point cloud data within Autodesk Revit. Create the as-built model in Autodesk Revit, incorporating dimensions, materials, and annotations to accurately reflect the real-world environment.
  6. Quality Check: Conduct a thorough review to ensure accuracy and completeness of the modelled elements, comparing them with the captured point cloud data and 360° Reality Model. Address any discrepancies or errors to ensure a reliable representation of existing conditions.
  7. Deliverables: Delivery of Model, Floor Plans & 360° Reality Model: Prepare deliverables, such as the finalised as-built model, floor plans, sections, elevations, and a 360° reality model combining the as-built model with high-resolution imagery. Distribute these deliverables through various platforms to facilitate ongoing management, maintenance, and future modifications.

The Rundown:

The integration of mobile mapping technology, mobile laser scanning, drone mapping, cloud-based processing, Autodesk Revit, and quality checks has revolutionised the as-built documentation workflow. This streamlined process ensures accurate and accessible documentation, improving project management, maintenance, and decision-making throughout the project lifecycle.

 

 

 

Written by:

Danny McKeown

Operations Director

I am passionate about driving efficiency through effective solutions and prioritising the user’s perspective. Technology plays a crucial role in our approach, optimising our survey process and digitising our housing operations. By leveraging advanced tools and software, we enhance accuracy, reduce costs, and minimise disruptions to residents. Automation and digital platforms streamline workflows, improve data management and facilitate collaboration. Our commitment to efficiency and technology ensures high-quality services and client satisfaction.

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Mobile Mapping vs Terrestrial Laser Scanning- Unleashing the Power of Spatial Data Capture

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Unlocking new possibilities

Spatial data capture plays a critical role in various industries, including construction, infrastructure development, urban planning, and surveying. Traditionally, terrestrial laser scanning has been the go-to method for capturing detailed and accurate spatial data. However, with the advent of mobile mapping technology, a new contender has emerged, offering enhanced capabilities, and unlocking new possibilities. In this blog, we explore the differences between mobile mapping and terrestrial laser scanning, highlighting their strengths, applications, and the benefits they bring to the field of spatial data capture.

Mobility and Flexibility: One of the key advantages of mobile mapping is its mobility and flexibility. Unlike terrestrial laser scanning, which requires stationary scanners positioned at specific locations, mobile mapping utilises advanced sensors and Lidar technology mounted on vehicles, drones, or people. This mobility enables data capture in various environments, such as road networks, complex terrains, and hard-to-reach areas. Mobile mapping can cover larger areas efficiently, providing a comprehensive and seamless view of the environment.

Rapid Data Capture and Real-Time Insights: Mobile mapping excels in capturing data quickly and providing real-time insights. As the sensors move, they capture data continuously, allowing for a dynamic and up-to-date representation of the surroundings. Terrestrial laser scanning, on the other hand, requires manual setup and scanning at individual locations, which can be time-consuming. The real-time data capture capabilities of mobile mapping enable faster decision-making and immediate access to critical information for project planning, monitoring, and analysis.

Versatility and Accessibility: Mobile mapping offers versatility and accessibility that terrestrial laser scanning may struggle to match. With mobile mapping, data capture can be carried out using various platforms, including vehicles, drones, handheld and bodyworn devices. This versatility enables efficient data collection in a wide range of scenarios, such as transportation networks, urban environments, and large-scale infrastructure projects. Mobile mapping also allows for easy access to areas that are challenging or dangerous to reach manually, improving safety and reducing risks.

Comprehensive Data Coverage and Integration: Mobile mapping provides a comprehensive view of the environment, capturing data from different angles and perspectives. This multi-perspective approach allows for a more complete representation of the surveyed area, including objects, structures, and their spatial relationships. Terrestrial laser scanning, while accurate in capturing details at specific locations, may have limitations in capturing comprehensive data coverage. The ability of mobile mapping to integrate and merge data from various sources, such as Lidar, imagery, and GPS, further enhances the richness and quality of the captured spatial data.

Cost and Time Efficiency: Mobile mapping offers cost and time efficiencies compared to terrestrial laser scanning. The ability to capture data rapidly and cover larger areas in a shorter time frame reduces the overall project duration and associated costs. Mobile mapping also minimises the need for manual intervention and multiple site visits, resulting in streamlined workflows and improved resource utilisation. These cost and time efficiencies make mobile mapping an attractive option for projects with tight schedules and budget constraints.

The Rundown:

Mobile mapping and terrestrial laser scanning are both valuable tools in the field of spatial data capture. While terrestrial laser scanning excels in capturing detailed data at specific locations, mobile mapping offers mobility, flexibility, rapid data capture, and comprehensive coverage, while still maintaining high levels of accuracy. The versatility, accessibility, and cost efficiencies of mobile mapping have unlocked new possibilities and expanded the applications of spatial data capture across industries. As technology continues to advance, mobile mapping is expected to play an increasingly pivotal role in the future of spatial data capture, enabling more efficient, accurate, and dynamic representations of our ever-changing environment.

Written by:

Danny McKeown

Operations Director

I am passionate about driving efficiency through effective solutions and prioritising the user’s perspective. Technology plays a crucial role in our approach, optimising our survey process and digitising our housing operations. By leveraging advanced tools and software, we enhance accuracy, reduce costs, and minimise disruptions to residents. Automation and digital platforms streamline workflows, improve data management and facilitate collaboration. Our commitment to efficiency and technology ensures high-quality services and client satisfaction.

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Unleashing Speed and Efficiency through Cloud Processing

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Cloud Processing

In today’s digital age, the volume of data generated by various industries is growing exponentially, and the field of surveying is no exception. From high-resolution imagery to point cloud data, the size of datasets can quickly become overwhelming. As surveyors grapple with the challenge of processing, analysing, and storing large datasets efficiently, cloud processing emerges as a game-changer. In this blog, we explore how cloud processing unlocks speed and efficiency, addressing the growing size of surveying data and revolutionising the way surveyors work.

The Past: Traditionally, surveyors had to manage and process large datasets using their own infrastructure, which often proved time-consuming and resource-intensive. Cloud processing changes the game by harnessing the power of remote servers and distributed computing. Surveyors can now upload their datasets to the cloud, where the processing power and storage capacity of cloud infrastructure handle the data seamlessly, regardless of its size.

Collaboration is key in the surveying industry, and cloud processing facilitates seamless collaboration and data sharing among surveying teams. Instead of manually transferring data between team members or relying on physical storage devices, surveyors can upload their data to the cloud and grant access to authorised individuals. This fosters real-time collaboration, allowing team members to work on the same dataset simultaneously, regardless of their physical location. Cloud processing enables efficient communication, reduces the risk of data loss, and improves overall project coordination.

Scalability is another significant advantage of cloud processing. Traditional methods often limited surveyors to the capacity of their local hardware, making it challenging to handle large datasets. Cloud-based platforms offer scalable infrastructure that adapts to the growing size of surveying data. Surveyors can process and store large datasets without compromising performance, as cloud processing platforms dynamically allocate more computing power and storage as needed.

Parallel processing is a key feature of cloud processing that accelerates data analysis and reduces processing time. By leveraging the computing power of multiple servers in the cloud, surveyors can simultaneously process different parts of the dataset. This parallel processing significantly speeds up data processing, enabling surveyors to obtain results in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods. The efficient utilisation of resources boosts overall productivity and allows surveyors to meet project deadlines more effectively.

The growing size of surveying data requires ample storage capacity, and cloud processing platforms offer flexible and on-demand storage options. Surveyors can store their data securely in the cloud, eliminating the need for local storage infrastructure and its associated maintenance costs. Cloud storage ensures sufficient space to accommodate the expanding size of surveying data, eliminating concerns about running out of storage capacity.

Data integrity and security are critical considerations for surveyors dealing with sensitive information. Cloud processing platforms incorporate robust data backup and redundancy mechanisms to safeguard surveying datasets. Multiple copies of data are stored across geographically distributed data centers, reducing the risk of data loss due to hardware failures or disasters. The advanced security measures implemented by cloud service providers, such as encryption and access controls, ensure the integrity and confidentiality of the data.

Cost savings are another significant benefit of cloud processing. Instead of investing in expensive hardware and software licenses, surveyors can leverage cloud-based platforms on a pay-as-you-go basis. This eliminates upfront capital expenditures and allows surveyors to allocate resources more efficiently. The scalability of cloud processing ensures that surveyors only pay for the resources they use, optimising cost management and making it a cost-effective solution.

The Rundown:

Cloud processing has revolutionised the surveying industry, unlocking speed, efficiency, and collaboration. With the ability to rapidly process data, scalable infrastructure, collaborative workflows, enhanced data security, and cost savings, surveyors can enjoy numerous benefits through cloud-based platforms. By embracing cloud processing, surveyors can effectively manage the expanding size of surveying data, ensuring timely project delivery, accurate analysis, and improved productivity in the face of the data explosion. Cloud processing paves the way for a more streamlined and agile surveys.

 

Written by:

Danny McKeown

Operations Director

I am passionate about driving efficiency through effective solutions and prioritising the user’s perspective. Technology plays a crucial role in our approach, optimising our survey process and digitising our housing operations. By leveraging advanced tools and software, we enhance accuracy, reduce costs, and minimise disruptions to residents. Automation and digital platforms streamline workflows, improve data management and facilitate collaboration. Our commitment to efficiency and technology ensures high-quality services and client satisfaction.

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Mobile Mapping: Revolutionising the Industry and Unlocking New Opportunities

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REVOLUTIONISING PROPERTY DIGITISATION

In the rapidly evolving world of mapping and geospatial technology, mobile mapping has emerged as a game-changer. This innovative approach, also known as mobile laser scanning, has revolutionised the industry by providing a versatile and efficient method for collecting accurate geospatial data on the go. In this blog, we delve into the transformative power of mobile mapping and how it has unlocked new opportunities across various sectors, including housing, by enabling enhanced data collection, analysis, and decision-making processes.

Efficient Data Collection and Real-Time Insights: Mobile mapping has transformed the way data is collected by providing a rapid and comprehensive approach. Unlike traditional surveying methods, which often require manual measurements and time-consuming fieldwork, mobile mapping systems utilise advanced sensors and Lidar technology to capture highly accurate and detailed 3D representations of the environment. This enables housing providers to collect data on buildings, infrastructure, and landscapes in a fraction of the time, allowing for informed decision-making.

Streamlined Asset Management and Maintenance: Housing digitisation relies on accurate and up-to-date data to effectively manage and maintain assets. Mobile mapping plays a vital role in streamlining asset management processes by providing detailed digital models of properties. These models contain precise information about building structures, condition, and other features, allowing housing providers to monitor and maintain their assets with greater efficiency. By enabling proactive maintenance planning and reducing downtime, mobile mapping helps optimise resources and prolong the lifespan of housing assets.

Enhanced Energy Efficiency Analysis: Mobile mapping technology plays a crucial role in assessing and improving energy efficiency in housing. By capturing detailed data on building envelopes, generating 3D models, mobile mapping enables accurate energy efficiency analysis. Housing providers can identify areas of heat loss, optimise insulation, and implement energy-saving measures based on precise measurements. This empowers them to create more sustainable and energy-efficient housing solutions, reducing carbon footprints and utility costs.

Precise Planning and Design: Mobile mapping has revolutionised the planning and design processes in housing. The highly accurate 3D models and spatial data captured by mobile mapping systems provide architects, engineers, and designers with a solid foundation for renovations, expansions, and new construction projects. This level of precision minimises errors, enables clash detection, and improves collaboration among stakeholders. By visualising proposed changes in the context of existing structures, mobile mapping facilitates informed decision-making, leading to more efficient and cost-effective housing designs.

Improved Risk Assessment and Safety Measures: Mobile mapping contributes to enhanced risk assessment and safety planning in the housing industry. The detailed spatial data captured by mobile mapping systems enables accurate risk analysis, such as identifying potential hazards and assessing vulnerability. This information helps housing providers implement effective safety measures, such as fire safety systems, emergency evacuation plans, and condition assessments. By proactively addressing safety concerns, mobile mapping enhances the well-being and security of residents.

The Rundown:

Mobile mapping technology has revolutionised the industry and unlocked new opportunities for housing digitisation. With its efficient data collection, streamlined asset management, enhanced energy efficiency analysis, precise planning and design, and improved risk assessment capabilities, mobile mapping has become an invaluable tool for housing providers. The ability to capture accurate, real-time spatial data empowers them to make informed decisions, optimise resources, and deliver better housing experiences. As mobile mapping continues to advance, the potential for housing digitisation and innovation will only continue to expand, paving the way for a more efficient, sustainable, and responsive housing industry.

Written by:

Danny McKeown

Operations Director

I am passionate about driving efficiency through effective solutions and prioritising the user’s perspective. Technology plays a crucial role in our approach, optimising our survey process and digitising our housing operations. By leveraging advanced tools and software, we enhance accuracy, reduce costs, and minimise disruptions to residents. Automation and digital platforms streamline workflows, improve data management and facilitate collaboration. Our commitment to efficiency and technology ensures high-quality services and client satisfaction.

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AIM Housing: Removing Entry Barriers for Housing Digitisation

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REMOVING ENTRY BARRIERS

The digital revolution has brought forth a wave of advancements that are reshaping industries worldwide, and the housing sector is no exception. With the rapid progress in technology, barriers to housing digitisation are being dismantled, making it more accessible, efficient, and scalable than ever before. AIM Housing, a pioneering initiative, is at the forefront of this transformation, leveraging advancements such as mobile reality capture laser scanning, drones, cloud processing, and centralised data to bridge the gap between the physical and the digital. In this blog post, we will explore how AIM Housing removes entry barriers for housing digitisation, enabling collaboration, and unlocking the full potential of a connected housing ecosystem.

Recent advancements in technology have made housing digitisation accessible to a broader audience. Mobile reality capture laser scanning allows for efficient and accurate data collection by capturing detailed 3D models of buildings and properties. This technology eliminates the need for manual measurements and assessments, enabling stakeholders to digitise housing processes that were previously considered unviable. In addition, the use of drones equipped with high-resolution cameras provides aerial imagery and videos, enabling faster property inspections and assessments. AIM Housing embraces these accessible technologies, empowering housing authorities and individuals to leverage digital solutions effectively.

Technology has revolutionised data collection in the housing sector, making it more efficient and streamlined. With advanced tools and techniques, data that was previously time-consuming to gather can now be collected swiftly and accurately. Whether it’s capturing property measurements, conducting inspections, or gathering demographic information, technology-driven solutions enhance the speed and efficiency of data collection processes. AIM Housing leverages these advancements to ensure that stakeholders can centralise and present the necessary data efficiently, saving time and resources in the digitisation journey.

Scalability has long been a challenge for housing digitisation, as traditional systems struggled to handle increasing data volumes and user demands. However, with cloud processing and storage solutions, scalability is no longer a barrier. Cloud-based platforms offer the flexibility to accommodate growing data requirements without the need for extensive infrastructure investments. AIM Housing embraces scalable technologies, ensuring that housing digitisation can expand and adapt to meet the evolving needs of the sector. This scalability opens new possibilities for innovation and growth within the housing ecosystem.

New technology has made digitising buildings in the housing sector much more efficient. Previously, it could take hours or even days to digitise a single building, but now it can be done in approximately 15 minutes for a traditional domestic house. This efficiency allows for scaling up digitisation efforts to tackle large volumes of properties in a single day. The scalability of digitisation has economic benefits, including cost savings and improved resource allocation. It also enables faster decision-making processes and data-driven insights. The housing sector is moving towards a digitally connected future, thanks to the efficiency and scalability of new technology in housing digitisation.

AIM Housing recognises the importance of centralised data and collaboration in driving housing digitisation. By consolidating data from various sources into a centralised platform, stakeholders can access comprehensive and up-to-date information. This centralisation breaks down silos and allows for seamless collaboration between housing authorities, technology providers, and other stakeholders. It bridges the gap between the physical and digital realms, enabling efficient data sharing, real-time insights, and collaborative decision-making processes. AIM Housing facilitates this collaboration, ensuring that all stakeholders can work together to drive the digital transformation of the housing sector.

The Rundown:

AIM Housing is leading the way in removing entry barriers for housing digitisation. By harnessing accessible technologies, such as mobile reality capture laser scanning and drones, and leveraging scalable solutions like cloud processing, AIM Housing enables efficient property digitisation, data collection, and storage. The centralisation of data fosters collaboration, bridging the gap between the physical and digital realms and unlocking the full potential of a connected housing ecosystem. As technology continues to advance, AIM Housing remains dedicated to empowering stakeholders and driving the seamless transition to a digitised housing sector. Together, we can harness the power of technology and collaboration to create a future where housing processes are streamlined, efficient, and inclusive.

Written by:

Danny McKeown

Operations Director

I am passionate about driving efficiency through effective solutions and prioritising the user’s perspective. Technology plays a crucial role in our approach, optimising our survey process and digitising our housing operations. By leveraging advanced tools and software, we enhance accuracy, reduce costs, and minimise disruptions to residents. Automation and digital platforms streamline workflows, improve data management and facilitate collaboration. Our commitment to efficiency and technology ensures high-quality services and client satisfaction.

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Unveiling the Hidden Value: Exploring the Digitisation of Properties

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DIGITAL TWIN REVOLUTION 

In today’s rapidly advancing digital landscape, the digitisation of properties is revolutionising the housing sector. Traditional property assets are being transformed into digital representations, unlocking a world of hidden value and opportunities. In this blog post, we will delve into the concept of property digitisation, examining its potential benefits, challenges, and the impact it can have on various aspects of the housing sector.

Property digitisation using drones, mobile laser scanners, and reality capture devices involves capturing and creating digital representations of physical properties. Drones capture data from above, while ground based mobile laser scanners provide precise 3D measurements. Reality capture devices combine various technologies to create immersive 3D models and virtual representations of physical assets. This digitised data revolutionises property management, visualisation, and analysis, offering increased efficiency and accessibility for the housing sector.

Initial outlay: Implementing property digitisation requires an initial investment in technologies, equipment, and data management systems. However, this upfront expenditure brings long-term savings and benefits, which far outweigh initial investment. Digitising properties streamlines processes, enhances efficiency, and improves decision-making throughout the property’s life cycle. It reduces the need for physical site visits, saving time and costs. Additionally, accurate data capture and analysis enable proactive maintenance, optimising operational efficiency and minimising future repair expenses. By embracing property digitisation, stakeholders can experience significant long-term savings, improved productivity, and enhanced overall property management.

Improved Decision Making: The detailed data obtained through digitisation and reality capture devices allows for in-depth property analysis and planning. The key to any successful project lies in having an accurate starting point, this is essential for setting the foundation and direction of a project. The digital property models provide a complete 360° view enabling visualisation and interaction, closing the gap between the physical and the digital world. Accurate measurements, visual representations, and 3D models enable stakeholders to make informed choices based on reliable data. Architects, developers, and planners can utilise the digital models to assess the feasibility of design ideas, simulate renovations, and plan projects more accurately.

Reduced site visits: Digital property models significantly reduce the need for physical site visits. This saves time, cuts costs, and increases efficiency in property assessment and decision-making, all while improving the tenants experience with removing unnecessary site visits. Stakeholders can access and review digital models together, facilitating remote collaboration and streamlining the decision-making process all without the need to visit site.All done while contributing to environmental sustainability efforts, by reducing the number of site visits. Less travel means fewer carbon emissions and a smaller ecological footprint.

Remote Property Management: Property owners and managers can leverage digitised representations to remotely monitor and manage their properties. This includes conducting virtual inspections, identifying maintenance needs, and tracking property changes, saving time and resources. Property digitisation unlocks life cycle planning by facilitating design, construction, facility management, renovation, and end-of-life considerations. Digital models enable accurate decision-making, optimisation, and proactive maintenance, leading to efficient and cost-effective property management throughout its life cycle.

Preservation and Documentation: Digitising properties preserves their current state in a digital format. This is particularly valuable as the digital documentation serves as a valuable record for future reference, research, and conservation purposes. The Golden Thread in housing emphasises the importance of maintaining accurate information throughout a building’s life cycle. It ensures safety, compliance, and effective maintenance by creating a traceable flow of information. This approach improves transparency and accountability in the housing sector.

Accurate measurements: Dimensional data serves as the core foundation of most projects. Accurate dimensions and a single source of truth drive cost savings and efficiency in construction and housing projects. They minimise errors, optimise resource allocation, and enhance collaboration. Precise measurements streamline planning, design, and procurement processes, while a centralised data repository improves communication and decision-making. Digital models contain the required dimensional data for accurate lifecycle costing, no need to revisit site to produce tenders or forecast budgets. By leveraging these factors, project teams can achieve greater efficiency, reduce expenses, and increase overall project success.

Efficiency: Property digitisation drives efficiency through streamlined documentation and access, remote property exploration, enhanced communication and collaboration, data-driven decision-making, efficient maintenance and facilities management, improved resource allocation, and faster compliance and reporting. By leveraging digital tools and data, property managers can optimise processes, reduce administrative burdens, make informed decisions, and enhance operational effectiveness, resulting in improved productivity and cost savings.

Risk mitigation: a digital reality model serves as one version of the truth, minimising disputes, and mitigating risks by providing an accurate representation, facilitating clear communication, supporting evidence-based decision-making, identifying, and mitigating risks, offering documentation and audit trails, and aiding in legal and regulatory compliance. By utilising this shared reference point, stakeholders can prevent conflicts and navigate projects with increased transparency and efficiency.

The Rundown

In conclusion, the digitisation of properties holds immense value and potential for the housing sector. It offers benefits such as improved decision-making, reduced site visits, remote property management, preservation of digital documentation, accurate measurements, increased efficiency, and risk mitigation. By embracing property digitisation, stakeholders can optimise processes, save costs, enhance collaboration, make informed choices, and improve overall property management. The digital transformation of properties is a game-changer, unlocking hidden value and paving the way for a more efficient and sustainable future in the housing industry.

Written by:

Danny McKeown

Operations Director

I am passionate about driving efficiency through effective solutions and prioritising the user’s perspective. Technology plays a crucial role in our approach, optimising our survey process and digitising our housing operations. By leveraging advanced tools and software, we enhance accuracy, reduce costs, and minimise disruptions to residents. Automation and digital platforms streamline workflows, improve data management and facilitate collaboration. Our commitment to efficiency and technology ensures high-quality services and client satisfaction.

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