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Tech partnership aims to promote better understanding of building use

Buro Happold and Microsoft’s global property management technology aims to provide office owners and operators with “a single source of truth” about what is happening in their properties in real-time.

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Collaboration combines Buro Happold’s analytics and insights platform with Azure
Collaboration combines Buro Happold’s analytics and insights platform with Azure

A partnership between engineering consultancy Buro Happold and Microsoft aims to provide a new level of analytics to building owners and operators.

 

The collaboration combines Buro Happold’s data analytics and insights platform SmartViz with Azure (Microsoft’s cloud computing service) to help property management teams to better understand and increase the flexibility of building use and improve resilience.

 

Single source of truth

 

According to Buro Happold, SmartViz allows users to get a “single source of truth” about their properties in real-time – from every room to every floor, and every building in the estates and global portfolio.

 

It greatly extends the number of assets and IoT devices that can be connected, monitored and controlled (on-demand to any size of portfolio) to allow management teams to get more from their assets and people, in terms of space efficiency, staff wellbeing and productivity, and climate resilience, the partners report

 

“Many property owners and operators struggle to leverage data to achieve space and energy efficiency while delivering a great environment for [their] people. It is time to empower firms with insights to supercharge their people, places, planet and profits,” said Shrikant Sharma, analytics group director at Buro Happold.

 

“A lack of evidence and insights is a major issue, which costs the owners and operators time and money to manage their assets and people. We wanted to provide a solution to address this and transform workplaces to improve staff wellbeing and productivity, reduce costs and minimise the environmental impact of buildings – all key concerns in this uncertain climate.”

 

SmartViz Workplace Analytics is aimed at commercial and real estate property owners and operators. It integrates with a myriad of existing datasets, BIM/GIS platforms, BMS systems and IoT sensors to turn data into insights, insights into decisions, and decisions into actions and outcomes.

“Many property owners and operators struggle to leverage data to achieve space and energy efficiency while delivering a great environment for [their] people”

Powered by Microsoft Azure, Buro Happold’s predictive behaviour modelling engine provides visual insights on how to maximise space utilisation, human interactions and safety in the workplace – the partners claim – a critical feature as many businesses seek to safely return employees to offices as the world continues to operate within varying stages of Covid-19 lockdown.

 

“For Microsoft, it’s all about helping to create smart, sustainable, and healthy workplaces. When we think about smart places and real estate, we are not constrained by focusing on the building or the facilities management of that building, instead we focus on the people who visit, work or live, rent or own that building,” added David Williams, smart places and real estate industry lead at Microsoft.

 

“We are delighted therefore to work so closely with Buro Happold, as we share [its] vision of empowering clients with data and insights to make better decisions about their properties and people, in particular, health and wellbeing.”

 

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