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09 May 2022

TÜV SÜD Takes Part in Autodesk’s “Local Authorities and the Golden Thread of Information" Event

Dave Peacock, Technical Director for BIM and Digital Services at TÜV SÜD, recently took part in the Autodesk Connected Local Authorities event. Attendees learnt about the Golden Thread of Information and received practical advice “to help you navigate and accelerate your digital journey as a local authority to improve the way you plan, procure, build and operate your buildings and estates”.

Dave was part of an interesting panel discussion called “Local Authorities Adopting Digital to Support the Golden Thread” which was hosted by Mark Hoyle, Head of Public Sector at Autodesk. The panel consisted of:

• Keith Heard, Hampshire County Council and the Chair of the National Association of Construction Frameworks
• Dave Peacock – Technical Director, TÜV SÜD, UK BIM Alliance, UK BIM Framework
• Marek Suchocki – Engagement Lead, Autodesk

Dave is chair of UK BIM Alliance in the East Midlands and part of the UK BIM Framework committee which is looking at the guidance for the ISO 19650 suite of standards. The panel shared their vast knowledge of the Golden Thread by answering questions from the audience.

Dave shared his tips on what you should do first as you start to adopt the Golden Thread. He stressed the importance of realising that the core of the Golden Thread is largely Information Management. Therefore your first steps are to understand what systems, processes are already in place within the Local Authority or organisation. You then need to see how you can better utilise them for the purpose of fire or building safety, and then decide what you want to do with that information.

Marek talked about how the construction playbook plays a part in the Golden Thread and how it can mandate or drive change in digital adoption. He also talked about a bigger picture and it’s not just about how to build the cheapest building. He pointed out that with the Golden Thread there is an obligation to do things differently.

Keith gave advice on how Local Authorities can ensure they have competent and qualified contractors and consultants. Other questions were also answered by the panel giving attendees lots of useful information.

Dave Peacock said:

“It was a pleasure to be part of this event and I hope that the attendees found it useful. If anyone wants to discuss anything further relating to the Golden Thread of Information or have any BIM/Digital related queries, please feel free to contact me.”

You can watch recordings of the "Local Authorities and the Golden Thread of Information" panel discussion and other events on the Autodesk website. For further information, see our BIM services web pages.

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