Latest News on TWN Conference 2016

Please register for this year’s Annual Conference in Oslo.

Conference organiser Torill Johnsen writes:
“The TWN/PuRe-Net Annual Meeting taking place in Oslo in the last week of September this year is coming closer. For nearly a year we have been working on a program which should offer interesting information and discussions for everybody involved in tasks related to public real estate management. Speakers from many countries have confirmed their participation and willingness to share ideas with all of us. Statsbygg is convinced that within our networks we have the best partners for many of the necessary discussions on how to prepare for the future. Many organisations are facing similar problems and we can find good solutions through sharing experience.”

“We are now making the last arrangements with the Hotel and the Restaurants in order to make the social part of the program interesting and rewarding as well. Looking forward to see you in Oslo quite soon.”

Topics for the Conference are Smart Effective and Efficient Workplaces, and Security – challenges when planning for the future – and BIM about which we invite members of TWN and the PuRE-Net will sign a statement confirming their intention to use BIM. (For more about BIM and how it could benefit your business scroll down the right-hand-side column)

Have a look at the updated program:

Latest Programme

W4 2016 Working Groups – Join In and Learn!

This is the heart of W4: 3 Working Groups emerged to build on the discussions and connections made in Mexico:

How do we attract people into our business? How do we develop and nurture their skills and keep them with us? Are our own workplaces a competitive tool in the marketplace? What skills do we need for the future?

Data and Performance
How can we compare our apples with their oranges? How can we benchmark between the member countries? Why don’t we all measure buildings in the same way? What does ‘good performance’ mean in different countries?

Office Spaces
Why aren’t offices designed for happiness? How do we manage utlisation in the mobile age? What is the ‘right’ level of utilisation to create the ‘buzz’. How do we cope with different generations in the workplace? Can workplaces improve productivity?

If you’d like to participate – or nominate colleagues to be involved – drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch. Bridget at


W4 Conference Summary – International Standards

One of the themes for W4 this year was about unifying or standardising property asset management guidance.

Delegates compared notes on the International Standards and national Codes of Practice they use, and did a ‘gap analysis’ on where it would be helpful to share standards. These areas were:

  • Procedural – practice standards/Codes/’best practice’
  • Ethical – proper practice/professional Codes
  • Competancies – standard skill-sets, competancy levels and training
  • Environmental – performance standards
  • Security – how to ensure physical and data security
  • Space – measurement standards to benchmark like with like
  • Building Use Classification – common descriptors and names
  • Office space utilisation – passive and active density measurement
  • Location – standard position descriptor using GIS

Marcia Ferrari representing RICS South America presented the International Measurement Standards which have just come into force this year. The IPMS features a ‘Conversion Calculator’ that allows you to convert and compare existing measurements to the Standard.

Delegates from Statsbygg described how BIM uses interoperable open standards for modelling, describing, reporting, predicting and sharing a wide range of building related information for construction and FM. Using IFC as the common ‘language’ different existing data systems can be integrated.

International Property Measurement Standards


W4 Conference Summary – Strategic Portfolio Management

The second theme examined good practice in strategic management of a portfolio of public sector assets – and compared management of public assets with a privately owned portfolio. The differences largely derive from the diversity of public assets, and the different drivers and objectives including heritage stewardship and socio-economic interventions.

Topics discussed included:

  • Categorising Assets including ‘tiering’
  • Prioritising management input
  • Decision tools dispose/retain/develop
  • Property Control Gateways
  • Data Warehouse Systems
  • Outsourced Supplier Performance Management
  • Facility Condition Assessment
  • Occupier Charging Models
  • Financing
  • Valuation

Experts from within our network and the private sector shared their insider experience and the day was awash with fabulous insights into how organisations manage, measure, prioritise and make decisions. A fantastic resource for W4 and TWN members looking to learn and glean ideas. W4 members can access the presentations through the W4Mexico Blog (see opposite column)

Delegates were introduced to the recent RICS Report on worldwide Public Sector Property Asset Management and an RICS project to refresh its Public Sector Guidelines which were last reviewed in 2012.


TWN Survey – Last Chance!!

Complete the Survey now if you haven’t done so already, so that your organisation can be represented in the TWN Annual Survey – this year also opened to PuRE-Net members.

TWN members can find out more information about the Survey and previous years’ reports on the TWN website.

If you need me to send you a new link to the Survey please contact me, Bridget at

TWN Website Annual Survey 2016

W4 Annual Meeting

28 delegates from around the world met in Mexico to share their knowledge and learn about Contemporary Challenges in Asset Management. They were joined by experts and thought leaders from private and public sectors and academia.

The presentations and photographs are available on the W4 Blog. Delegates know the password!!!

W4Mexico Blog


W4 on Social Media

Twitter: search #w4mexico2016 and #w4mexico for tweets from the meeting



Why sign the statement?

We have a common interest in supporting the development and implementation of open communication standards for our sector. Our intent is for all major projects to use open BIMs based on IFCs.

However, the construction industry does not change much by itself. Public clients have an important role as “change-agents”. What we say and do sets common standards for the whole industry. The construction-software industry is global so its of great importance that as many public clients as possible, from all parts of the world, sign the statement.


Why BIM?

By the term «BIM» we here understand a true object based model of the built environment, with object properties and relations for object types and their occurrences. We inherently also imply that the BIM in maintained by using open, international standards, like IFC, mvdXML and BCF.

The top five BIM selling points:

    1. Consistency – for Coordination, Conflict Resolution and Management:
      A BIM provides the basis for consistency across model exports, plan drawings, elevations, 3D views etc of discipline models, enabling inter-domain coordination and conflict resolution activities like clash detection, accessibility checking, and management (e.g. 4D, 5D) at the object level


    1. Productive Visual Communication for Collaboration:
      The BIM can be searched and filtered for a target audience (end user, principal, government body, general audience, operator, project management, desiners, constructors and subs etc) and presented in 2D, 3D, 4D as appropriate for the purpose.


    1. Information harvesting – Takeoffs:
      Any information (attribute, property, relation, geometry) present in the BIM can be harvested by takeoff, for downstream applications like quantity surveying, energy simulation, area management, budgeting etc.


    1. “From conception to reincarnation” life-cycle value:
      The BIM can be used to localize and maintain updated relevant product data (including FM/operations) for the contracted and built construction systems and components through the lifespan of the buildings.


  1. Simulations made viable:
    Once brought to a suitable modeling level for the purpose the BIM can be used for a vast array of useful simulations, like energy simulation, acoustic simulation, crowd simulation, blast simulation, sun/shadow simulation, lighting simulation, 4D (time/schedule) simulation, 5D (cost) simulation.