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ASSA ABLOY UK Specification BIM seminar proves a hit at RIBA

ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has delivered a RIBA-accredited seminar on the realities of working in a BIM environment.
Hosted at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the seminar was well-received by over 100 architects, contractors and project managers who attended from across the country.
Over the course of the morning the seminar covered a number of topics including the practicalities of BIM specification, the impact in terms of time and cost on the specification process, and the effective approaches to a greater and more value rich BIM experience.
Panellists included a number of key architects and senior project managers in the industry, who discussed their experiences with BIM modelling and took questions from the floor.
Eric Spooner, ASSA ABLOY BIM Manager also spoke at the event, explaining how BIM worked to streamline a large construction project. He says: “Banner University Medical Centre is the ideal case study for showcasing the ease of information sharing via Openings Studio. It enabled the design team to update 1,600 door objects in the Revit model and door schedule within just 10 minutes – saving significant time and costs.”
Feedback from the delegates was also positive, with Nigel Wright, Director of WRIGHT-CLASS Solutions Ltd saying: “The event was a good balance of discussion and case study examples pertinent to the fast-moving BIM and big data environment. The challenges of compliance, BIM level 2 standards and future development was particularly of interest.”


ISM Reports Success of UK Government

Global Security Event

Integrated Security Management (ISM) has hailed the success of Security and Policing 2018, the official UK Government global security event held in March, reporting positive interest in its latest Integrated Security Management System (ISMS) – a technology that takes Physical Information Management (PSIM) technology to another level.
The three-day event hosted at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre was the perfect opportunity for ISM to showcase its Genesys ISMS, a fully integrated security management system capable of integrating and controlling multiple technologies, devices and sites from a single platform.
Attendees at Security Policing 2018 included police services, government departments, emergency services, key providers of national infrastructure and organisations from across the UK and overseas.
Genesys is the ideal ISMS platform for operators of national critical infrastructure sites and is already proven and operating in sites across the world. ISM recently received formal notification from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) that Genesys has met the CPNI standard for CAPSS, which means it is Approved for UK Government Use.
Geoff Pye, Commercial Director at ISM, says the event was a great success: “Security and Policing 2018 was the perfect platform to showcase Genesys, especially following our recent CPNI approval for use of our system on UK Government sites. The event attracts the right audience and we received some very positive feedback.”


Sit-Stand Desks – Truth or Sales Pitch?

Much has been said and written about sit-stand desks in the twenty years that they have been available in various forms. But not all of it is accurate.
I have been selling sit-stand desks for nearly twenty years and wholeheartedly recommend their use as part of a wider health and productivity regime.
Unfortunately, their attributes have been misappropriated by some as a panacea to avoid a range of serious health conditions and avert early death.
Exploding the myths
Much of the recent publicity has been advanced by the pick-up of the 2012 systematic review and meta-analysis concerning prolonged seating by Wilmot, Edwardson, Achana et al. From a collective sample of approximately 800,000 participants, the researchers concluded that sedentary time is associated with a number of diseases affecting early mortality.
It was an interpretation of these studies that coined the phrase ‘Sitting is the new smoking’ which has quickly and wrongly become named as a standard reason for the use of sit-stand desks.
A later Consensus Statement (not a research paper) ‘The sedentary office: a growing case for change towards better health and productivity’ recommends periods of ‘standing and light activity’, standing-based work regularly breaking up sitting time and the use of sit-stand desks plus short active breaks.
Movement is important
What is missed in the interpretations is that it’s about sitting less not standing more. It is not just a binary choice. The debate is more complicated than that. Movement is also an essential constituent but our individual needs, fitness and more can influence the equation.
Movement should include the frequent use of ‘gravity muscles’ i.e. climbing steps and stairs and stretching. It’s the frequency of use rather than for how long which is important (research: Dr Joan Vernikos, NASA).
Sit less and move more
Let’s put this into context for individuals and employers:
• Good posture, whether sitting or standing, is essential.
• Don’t sit or stand for too long.
• Drink lots of water. It’s good for you and creates a natural break.
• Try standing or walking meetings.
• Consider tasks better suited to standing i.e. sort papers and files.
• Stand, or walk, for telephone conversations.
• Scrap internal emailing, speak to the person.
• Park as far away from the workplace/shops as possible.
• Use the stairs, not the lift.
• Wear a fitness tracker to track your steps.
• Do stretching exercises at your desk and/or on the move.
• Enrol in health programmes.
• Raise your sit-stand desk up high at the end of the day to make it easier for cleaners and forcing you to reposition in the morning.
• Raise your desk when colleagues approach and talk/meet standing up.
For organisations: sit-stand furniture means a culture change. Training, education and user support are essential.
Optimising performance
• Training how to use sit-stand desks, when to make posture changes and what good posture feels like (sitting and standing).
• Install “poseur tables” for short standing meetings/touch-down use.
• Replace some meeting tables with standing versions.
• Slow down the lift(s) to encourage stair use.
• Hot-Desking areas: install a pair of sit-stand desks at the end of each set of standard desks.
• Use schemes like Global Corporate Challenge which encourage movement and foster team building.
• Create walking routes around your premises.
• Label routes and staircases with calories burned (StepJockey).
• Incorporate posture and ergonomics into your health and wellbeing programmes.
• Gamify your workplace to encourage movement.
In summary:
• Sit-stand desks are not the sole solution.
• Ensure people are trained about good sitting and standing postures.
• Make frequent posture changes whilst sitting; get up every 20-30 minutes.
• Don’t just swap sitting for standing.
• Create opportunities to walk and move about during your working day.
• Be critical of what you hear! Is it true or is it just a sales pitch?
Guy Osmond, Osmond Ergonomics, February 2018
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This article first appeared in the Winter/Spring 2018 edition of Connect magazine from Cardinus Risk Management.

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