Buro Happold partners with Microsoft for property management

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Collaboration combines Buro Happold’s data analytics and insights platform SmartViz with Microsoft Azure

A new technology partnership between engineering consultancy Buro Happold and Microsoft is designed to help commercial office owners and operators streamline the management of their global property portfolios through the use of historic, real-time and predictive modelling data.

The collaboration combines Buro Happold’s data analytics and insights platform SmartViz with Microsoft Azure to help property management teams to better understand and increase the flexibility of building use, improve building resilience and enhance asset and human performance.

SmartViz allows users to get a ‘single source of truth’ about their properties in real-time – from every room to every floor, and every building in the estates and global portfolio. It greatly extends the number of assets and IoT devices that can be connected, monitored and controlled – on demand to any size of portfolio – to allow management teams to get more from their assets and people, in terms of space efficiency, staff wellbeing and productivity, and climate resilience.

SmartViz | Workplace Analytics integrates with a myriad of existing datasets, BIM / GIS platforms, BMS systems and IoT sensors. Powered by Microsoft Azure and Buro Happold’s predictive behaviour modelling engine the platform is said to provide visual insights on how to maximise space utilisation, human interactions and safety in the workplace – a critical feature as many businesses seek to safely return employees to offices as the world continues to operate within varying stages of Covid-19 lockdown.

“Many property owners and operators struggle to leverage data to achieve space & energy efficiency while delivering a great environment for its people,” says Shrikant Sharma, Analytics Group Director at Buro Happold. “It is time to empower firms with insights to supercharge their people, places, planet and profits. A lack of evidence and insights is a major issue, which costs the owners and operators time and money to manage their assets and people. We wanted to provide a solution to address this and transform workplaces to improve staff wellbeing and productivity, reduce costs and minimise the environmental impact of buildings – all key concerns in this uncertain climate.”

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