Operance:

Darwin Group Partnership

Overview

Darwin Group are helping the NHS meet extraordinary demand by constructing outstanding healthcare facilities that enhance the quality of care for patients and staff. Darwin Group firmly believe every patient should have access to world-leading healthcare facilities that empower the NHS to deliver exceptional care. They work in partnership to create outstanding healthcare environments completely aligned with clinical needs. Through their turnkey modular solutions, they are dedicated to supporting the NHS in its mission to establish a new clinical estate that is fit for the future.

Over the last six months, Darwin Group have completed over five projects on our platform. Operance is a building information management system that enables the creation, management, and sharing of building information to ensure compliance with the current golden thread legislation and the latest building and fire safety acts. This case study explores how Darwin Group Ltd have been using Operance to ensure building safety.

The Challenge

The United Kingdom has been witnessing a major overhaul of building and fire safety regulations in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017. Since then, legislation has been put in place to ensure that building information is created, stored and shared in the right way to prevent such disasters from happening again.

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Golden Thread Legislation

Since 2019 the golden thread legislation mandates that building information should be created, stored, and shared throughout the life cycle of a building. This information includes design drawings, specifications, construction details, and maintenance records.

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Building Fire and Safety Acts

The latest building fire and safety act legislation came into place in 2023. As part of the new Building Safety Act 2022, the ‘BSA’ requires all existing and newly occupied higher-risk buildings to be registered with the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) if and before they become occupied

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Secure Data Environment

To ensure that information is stored in a safe and secure location and updated throughout the life cycle of a building, it needs to be hosted and accessible in a secure data environment.

Solution

Darwin Group Ltd have been using Operance to manage the building information for their modular projects. Darwin has purchased a three-year enterprise license, indicating their confidence in the platform. The following are some of the key ways in which Darwin Group Ltd have been using Operance:

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Regulatory Assurrance

Operance’s platform enables Darwin Group Ltd to track compliance with the latest building and fire safety regulations, including the golden thread. The platform provides a checklist of items that must be addressed to ensure compliance. They can assign tasks to team members and track their progress. By using Operance, Darwin Group Ltd can address all compliance issues before the building is occupied.

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Supply Chain & Asset Management

Operance allows Darwin Group Ltd to manage the asset and supply chain management of their modular buildings. The platform provides a centralised data environment for maintenance records, including schedules, reports, and invoices. These maintenance tasks can be scheduled and assigned to team members. The platform also allows for the tracking of asset history, enabling Darwin Group Ltd to identify potential issues before they become problems.

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Centralised Data Environment

Operance allows Darwin Group Ltd to store and manage all design information, including architectural drawings, structural calculations, and mechanical and electrical specifications. This information can be easily accessed and shared with all stakeholders, including clients, architects, and subcontractors. By having a centralised data environment for design information, they can ensure that everyone is working with the latest version of the drawings and specifications.

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Internal & External Collaboration

Operance’s platform enables Darwin to manage and maintain their building information across departments internally or externally with another organisation. This feature ensures everyone is working on the same up-to-date information. They can assign tasks, track progress and accept or reject changes, ensuring no stone is left unturned for building safety and operations.

Results

By using Operance, Darwin Group Ltd have been able to ensure building safety by complying with the golden thread legislation and the latest building and fire safety acts. The following are some of the results achieved:

Improved compliance

Operance has enabled Darwin Group Ltd to improve compliance with the latest building and fire safety regulations. The platform provides a checklist of items that need to be addressed to ensure compliance. Darwin Group Ltd can track compliance and ensure that all issues are addressed before the building is occupied.

Centralised Repository for Building Information

Operance provides a centralised repository for building information, enabling Darwin Group Ltd to access and share information with all stakeholders. This has led to improved communication and collaboration among team members.

Efficient maintenance management

Operance has enabled Darwin Group Ltd to manage the maintenance of their modular buildings efficiently. The platform provides a centralised repository for maintenance records, enabling Darwin Group Ltd to schedule maintenance tasks and track asset history.

Conclusion

Darwin Group Ltd have been using Operance to ensure building safety by complying with the golden thread legislation and the latest building and fire safety acts. By using Operance, Darwin Group Ltd has improved compliance, created a centralised repository for building information, and efficiently managed maintenance. These results have enabled Darwin Group Ltd to deliver safe and compliant buildings to their clients.

Operance has been a valuable tool for Darwin Group Ltd, providing them with a cloud-based platform that enables the creation, management, and sharing of building information. The platform has helped Darwin Group Ltd to comply with the latest building and fire safety regulations, ensuring the safety of occupants in their modular buildings.

Operance has also given Darwin Group Ltd a competitive advantage, allowing them to differentiate themselves from other construction companies by delivering safe and compliant buildings. The platform has enabled Darwin Group Ltd to provide their clients with a transparent and efficient building process, resulting in improved communication and collaboration.

In conclusion, Darwin Group Ltd have been using Operance to ensure building safety and compliance with the latest building and fire safety regulations. Not only has Operance given Darwin Group Ltd a competitive advantage, we are also enabling them to deliver safe and compliant buildings to their clients. The platform has been a valuable tool for Darwin Group Ltd, providing them with a centralised repository for building information and efficient maintenance management. Operance has been instrumental in enabling Darwin Group Ltd to deliver high-quality modular buildings while ensuring the safety of their occupants.

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