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Innovation Team scoop award for paper at international sustainability conference

11th September 2020

3 minutes

Our Innovation Team has been awarded first place in the ‘Smart and Sustainable Digital Innovation’ category for its paper ‘Strategic Management of Assets and Compliance through the application of BIM and Digital Twins: A platform for innovation in building management’ at Leeds Sustainability Institute’s International SEEDS (Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society) Conference 2020.

Innovation Team members, Lee Reevell and Gav Roberts presented the paper to delegates at the conference earlier this month and were delighted to see it recognised and rewarded with a first place.

Watch the moment Halton Housing was announced as winner:

The SEEDS conference, which took place earlier this month brings together experts from around the world focusing on sustainability agenda and the positive and detrimental changes that are taking place. Through review, research and proven practice, the aim of the SEEDS Conference is to foster ideas on how to reduce negative impacts on the environment while providing for the health and wellbeing of society.

The paper, written by Halton Housing’s Innovation Team, in partnership with Leeds Beckett University and Site Desk Limited, explores the idea of developing a proof of concept (PoC) building information modelling (BIM) system bringing together offline assets, adding rich mapping and data layers to older buildings which lack drawings and documentation.

The system will also help with our compliance for new fire legislation and can be expanded to include full building and asset lifecycle.

Halton Housing Innovation Officer, Gav Roberts said: “We are really grateful for the opportunity to present the paper at the SEEDS conference, but to go on and win the category is brilliant news.

The creation of a centralised easy to navigate system, bringing together information about assets such as fire doors, sprinkler systems, dry risers and showing their exact location in the building, including links to maintenance cycles, certification and documentation will act as a foundation for future innovations in the built environment with the integration of live IoT data.”

Sitedesk Limited is an independent software developer based in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. Founded in 2013, it provides a fast, flexible collaborative environment for managing digital building information for digital, BIM or traditional construction projects.

Read the award winning paper ‘Strategic Management of Assets and Compliance through the application of BIM and Digital Twins: A platform for innovation in building management’.

Find out more about our approach to innovation, and the work we have been doing with universities and other key stakeholders on several projects at

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