Space Group launches building management platform

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Newcastle’s Space Group has released a new PropTech platform, which it says will change the way that buildings are managed and perform.

Twinview has been 4 years in development and those behind it say they are now in discussions with a number of national and international businesses.

The platform is powered by cloud-based, 3D digital twins - digital replicas of physical buildings - which connect the virtual and physical buildings with real-time analytical data.

It means that building owners can manage, monitor and maintain construction and operational information.

“The original concept for Twinview was very much developed in response to discussions we were having with clients and the challenges they were facing. The problem was that while complex building models were developed through the design and construction process, due to the need for proprietary software, training and hardware, this information could not be viewed or maintained after building handover,” explained Space Group CEO, Rob Charlton.

“We’ve worked closely with real estate investment trusts as well as digital specialists in the sector to make sure Twinview will help address a number of issues that have been discussed for some time. While we started work on the platform before the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, Twinview does respond to the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in her report. It will provide a ‘golden thread’ of information which is easily accessible by anyone, anywhere.

“While there are existing solutions that deliver elements of what Twinview offers, very few do everything that we are doing in one environment. Twinview also removes the need for specialist and expensive hardware, software and training. Not only can users view models online using just a web browser, they’ll also be able to update their models and view and access live data right down to individual asset level in milliseconds.”

The company currently employs 8 people and they plan to increase this to 20 over the next 2 years, across Newcastle, London, Europe and North America.

“The North East is a real hotspot for digital construction excellence and pioneering products and services that are helping shape the sector in the UK and beyond,” continued Charlton.

“Twinview is another example of the industry-leading innovation that has become synonymous with our region. The launch of Twinview removes the need for capital investment into bespoke solutions, which immediately makes it far more accessible to more organisations, at a time when building safety, efficiencies and performance management will need to be carefully balanced with financial considerations.”