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Digital construction expert appointed to lead Operance

Nov 26, 2020 | Careers, News, Press Release

Exciting new addition to Operance

Operance has made a significant new senior appointment.

We’re delighted to announce Tom Oulton, one of the country’s leading building information modelling (BIM) professionals, has joined the team as Digital Transformation Lead. Tom is Chair of both the UK Constructing Excellence Digital and Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber best-practice organisations. He also sits on the steering group of the award-winning thinkBIM network of specialists. Tom has left his position of five years as Principal Consultant at global real estate and infrastructure consultancy Turner & Townsend to take on the challenge because he believes Operance has the potential to transform the digital construction industry. He will have a key role in driving forward the adoption of our game-changing technology, which will make buildings safer, healthier and more efficient by creating a digital “golden thread” audit trail of information relating to facilities’ entire history, enabling increased ownership and accountability. The pioneering software will define, coordinate and audit building operations and maintenance (O&M) information via the Operance O&M “Coordinate” web application during the design development and construction stage. It will then provide end users with crucial detail in real time via the Operance CAFM “Operate” mobile app post-handover, ensuring risks are managed through the full lifecycle of buildings.

Game changing technology

Tom’s new role will include guiding clients through the process of creating an easy-to-manage virtual estate to improve the safety and efficiency of their buildings. “To me, this genuinely is a game-changer,” he said. “There isn’t anything out there that does what Operance does, in the way it does it. “There are software packages that address some aspects of digital estate management, but nothing that brings it all together on one platform that is easily accessible on the user’s phone. “Operance will take the information from cradle to grave and bring together whole life data management for the built environment. “Crucially, it will benefit those that need it most, including housing associations, schools and hospitals. That’s why I believe this is the perfect move for me.” Following the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Hackitt Report was published in May 2018 with 50 recommendations on how to improve the design, build and operation of buildings and facilities to make them safer and more efficient, including creating a digital lifecycle record. A public inquiry into the tragedy is ongoing. “You can’t let a tragedy as terrible as Grenfell happen without it bringing about fundamental change,” said Tom. “You’ve got to break down the system and rebuild it. “Operance is at the very core of this – by defining, curating and managing all the relevant information in the entire lifecycle of a building. Through this software, the concept of the golden thread can now become a reality.”

Industry leading knowledge

Based at Hull’s Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) tech hub, Operance delivers strategic digital transformation and BIM coordination services as well as developing innovative technology products to enable high-quality digital building information for property owners, developers, contractors and end users.

Scott Pilgrim, Chief Product Officer said: “Tom is renowned for fostering relationships and a supportive culture with customers and industry bodies. “His industry knowledge, vision, leadership and commitment to the successful implementation of digital estate initiatives make him stand out among the construction community. His appointment will be of great benefit to clients aiming to extract greater value from their estates.” Tom Oulton is the latest addition to the growing Operance team. Experienced tech business leader and consultant Nigel Hedley recently joined as Chairman, while Developer Paul Mennell has been recruited to the technology team. They have joined existing colleagues Mr Pilgrim, Chief Executive Ian Yeo and Chief Technology Officer Tim Mutlow.

Ian Yeo, CEO said: “It’s important that everyone we employ has a subset of unique skills and new people are able to enhance and challenge our approach. Our recent appointments tick all those boxes.

To speak to one of the team for more information, call 0800 464 3316.

Scott Pilgrim   0113 3281282   Twitter   LinkedIn


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