Technology

Digital app aims to improve Scotland’s public sector estate management

8 September 2019 | By Andrew Pring

A new digital toolkit aimed at helping improve the performance of public sector built assets has been launched by the Scottish Futures Trust (STF), the independent centre of infrastructure expertise set up by the Scottish government in 2008.

The Infrastructure Technology Navigator links the needs of public sector bodies to technology solutions that can support how they plan, deliver and manage their assets. It is a free open source tool that has been developed in partnership with industry and the public sector. 

Paul Dodd, SFT’s head of infrastructure technology, said: “New infrastructure technologies are changing and improving how we develop and deliver infrastructure which in turn is helping to make the buildings we use more efficient, effective and sustainable.  

“Virtual reality, 3D design, building sensors, laser scanning and cloud-based data sharing are examples of current technologies being applied in new and innovative ways. What we’ve done is link these technologies to the demands faced by asset owners and brought them together under one platform.”

Stuart Brown, assistant director of property and capital planning at Health Facilities Scotland, a division of NHS National Services Scotland, commented: “Health Facilities Scotland has been working collaboratively with SFT to explore opportunities to derive greater value and benefit from improved information management and technology across the health and care landscape.

“The Infrastructure Technology Navigator provides a helpful resource to raise awareness, unlock investment and help identify value adding technology that can be adopted within the NHS in Scotland.“

The navigator will continue to grow and respond to new technologies that can offer significant benefits across the whole life of the public-sector estate.

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