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It may not be immediately obvious, but Data and Technology can and should play a significant role in preventing a disaster such as Grenfell from ever happening again.
In the wake of the disaster the government initiated the Hackitt review and subsequently the Building Safety bill in 2020. This fundamentally resets the obligations of housing providers to keep a “golden thread” of data and to be able to produce a building safety case for high risk buildings.

But it’s not just the legislation. Much of our country’s housing stock dates back to a pre-digital era, and maintenance and development process haven’t traditionally included good data quality processes. Changes are necessary to give lenders confidence in their property investments and residents need to know that they have a safe place to live.

In this presentation, Douglas looks at how the housing sector is responding to this challenge. Master Data Management, cloud data architecture, analytics, IoT and machine learning all have a part to play; so too does good data discipline, standards and increasing the data maturity.

About the speaker

Doug Silverstone

Douglas Silverstone is the Head of Data, Analytics and Information Security at Metropolitan Thames Valley. Responsible for the data on 60,000 homes, more than 100,000 tenants and countless repairs and components. Housing Data is becoming increasingly complex and interrelated. Be that legislative requirements, IoT, or simply providing a better service to our tenants, both the data we collect and the information we manage is increasing by the day.

The Housing sector is currently facing many challenges with an increase in demand for High quality and high volumes of new homes, whilst at the same time responding to the post Grenfell world where building safety is an absolute.

Douglas has led the Data governance initiative at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing. Beyond this he is a thought leader in the sector setting up a housing data forum and a strong advocate of the HACT data standards, which enable associations to work better together and deliver more for their tenants.

His approach has led to a fundamental step change in the way data is understood and used, and helps MTVH to be leaders in their field.

Douglas is also a Trustee of Ability Net, a national charity who support people of any age, living with any disability or impairment, to use technology to achieve their goals at home, at work and in education.

This event is brought to you by: BCS Data Management specialist group

Webinar: How Data can make buildings safer in a “Post Grenfell” world
Date and time
Wednesday 21 April, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
This event is sold out