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Webinar: The Digitisation of the Golden Thread

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Are you ‘Golden Thread’ ready?

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The Building Safety Act coming into effect in October 2023 forces an industry step change, with a particular focus on fire safety. There is now a greater emphasis on the duties of the so-called Responsible Person (RP) with the risk of potential prosecution and heavy fines for those who have previously been negligent, particularly for safety checks around fire doors and all fire safety elements on a project. Furthermore, January 2023 heralded the arrival of a new fire regulation enforcing quarterly fire door checks. Additional legal responsibilities and compliance mean weaving the much-debated term of the ´Golden Thread´ of data information into all fire safety areas is now essential.

As the construction industry adjusts to comply with the requirements of creating a ‘Golden Thread’, our panel looks at how businesses are adapting to meet their new legal obligations, and how they can demonstrate accountability through each of the regulator`s project gateways. We will discuss how fire safety engineers can maximise the value of the data they need to extract from each project and asset, and how the Golden Thread can ensure that the right information is shared at the right time.

Join us, as our panel discuss how the digitisation of the ´Golden Thread´ is changing the industry and how the industry is responding. Our panel will discuss:

  • What does the term ‘Golden Thread’ mean?
  • How does it drive advances in digitised construction and building safety?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of the implementation of digital record-keeping?
  • What are the duties of the ‘Responsible Person’ and who is this person?
  • Examples of the ´Golden Thread` in practice

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Webinar speakers:


Robert Norton, UK Team Lead, PlanRadar

Robert is responsible for new business and existing client relationships at PlanRadar, leading the UK’s focus into compliance and fire safety. Robert advises clients on the use of a digital platform to construct and operate buildings and assets, to meet new building safety requirements, and implement the ‘golden thread’. Robert has twelve years of experience in the construction industry, having worked as an engineer before joining PlanRadar four years ago.

Andrew Cooper, Managing Director, Global HSE Solutions & Global Technical Services

With over 20+ years in the Fire and Health & Safety Industry, Andrew heads up Global HSE Solutions to bring innovative and bespoke passive fire protection solutions to each project. Having been guiding the company since it’s conception, he has worked with thousands of clients from all different sectors to meet their compliance requirements.

Sofie Hooper, Head of Policy, Institute of Workplace & Facility Management

Sofie Hooper leads on IWFM’s wider policy and public affairs work, helping to raise the voice of the Institute, its members, and the wider workplace and facilities management sector. She engages with stakeholders to ensure best practice is taken on board and concerns affecting workplace and facilities professionals are mitigated.

While her work covers a wide range of activities and areas, building safety workplace and sustainability form the core agenda. Sofie has been leading on IWFM’s Building Safety work programme, feeding into the legislative process towards the Building Safety Act and now its implementation phase. She provided the Secretariat for the Competence Steering Group’s Working Group 8, which developed the Building Safety Manager competence framework following Dame Hackitt’s recommendations. In addition to being the co-author of the Group’s report, Safer people, safer homes: Building Safety Management, she is also a regular contributor to Facilitate magazine. Building on WG8’s recommendations, Sofie is a part of the Interim Executive of the Building Safety Alliance, a cross-sector collaboration which is working to improve holistic building safety and associated competence across the occupation phase. She is also a part of the Steering Committee for the DLUCH sponsored PAS 8673, which is setting the competence requirements for the management of safety in residential buildings.

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