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  • Writer's pictureWill Gage

How can a digital 'Golden Thread' integrate design, construction and operation?

We've been digging into the Guidance on Collaborative Procurement for Design and Construction to Support Building Safety document, written by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.



The document was written developed to assist clients and industry in adopting and implementing procurement practices that deliver safer buildings. It shows how collaborative procurement can lead to safer, better-quality outcomes and how clients and their teams can use collaborative procurement in practice.


For this article (and to save you time...) we are going to focus on Section 8 - "How can a digital 'Golden Thread' integrate design, construction and operation?"


The section discusses the importance of digital information management tools in collaborative procurement for design, construction, and operation, particularly for ensuring accuracy and quality of information exchanged between various stakeholders involved in building projects.


The critical elements of the advice given in the text neatly fits into how the Building Passport platform is designed. Let me explain how:


1. Digital Information Management: The text emphasises the need to use suitable digital tools for creating, sharing, storing, and using information in the construction process.


2. Information Transparency and Accuracy: The importance of transparent decision-making and avoiding risks related to inaccurate or delayed information is reinforced. Building Passport serves as a centralised platform to ensure that all stakeholders have access to accurate and up-to-date information about a building.


3. A "Golden Thread" of Information: The concept of a "Golden Thread" of Information that runs through the entire lifecycle of a building, from design and construction to occupation is one prevalent throughout the Building Safety Act. Building Passport holds this against the asset (rather than a software user or particular building phase) for the entire lifespan of the building.


4. BIM Integration: Building Information Modelling (BIM) is recommended as a way to improve collaborative procurement relationships and activities. Building Passport can integrate seamlessly with BIM data thanks to our open API, enhancing the overall quality and safety of a project.


5. Collaborative Contracts: The text discusses the need for collaborative contracts that specify responsibilities for managing and updating information. Building Passport facilitates collaboration by providing a structured, standardised and accessible framework for managing building information.


6. Interoperability: The importance of open-source principles is reiterated to ensure that information can be shared between different platforms and software providers. As above, the ability to easily store, organise and share this information with the right people at the right time is core to the Building Passport platform.


7. Multi-Party Contracts: The text acknowledges the use of multi-party contracts in collaborative procurement. The Building Passport platform can be integrated into such contracts to ensure information transparency and reliability.


8. Data Security and Accessibility: The text discusses the importance of secure and accessible information. Building Passport allows you to manage access both to the overall platform as well as specific documents within, exactly how you need to. The data is held securely in the cloud for the lifespan of the building it is held against.


In summary, this section in the document underscores the significance of digital tools, collaborative procurement, and the "Golden Thread" of information throughout a building's lifecycle.


Building Passport aligns with these principles by providing a digital solution for storing, managing, and sharing critical building information, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, and ensuring data accuracy and accessibility.


So what are you waiting for?


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